Welcome to Far Blue Mountains! To start things off, here's a bit about me and my site. My name is Sarah and this is my little space on the internet to share my passions and projects. I'm a history buff, especially regarding clothing and fashion. I have a particular fondness for the 1940s, 1920s, Victorian Era (1870-80s especially), late 18th century, and medieval and Renaissance clothing. I do a little bit of historical costuming, although I'm all about modern shortcuts as opposed to historically accurate production. I have enormous respect for the seamstresses who hand sew historical clothing and try for the most authentic creation possible, but quite frankly I don't have the patience for it! So while mine will never be truly accurate, I'm happy as long as it looks right.
At the same time, I have a modern home decor aesthetic and love making things for my house. In the upcoming weeks I'll be posting tutorials for my fabric headboard and tailored valances among other things. My husband and I recently moved into a semi updated 1970s ranch so expect updates about that as we turn it into our own home.
I'm also a huge geek. J.R.R. Tolkien is actually the reason that I started sewing, but that's a long story for another day. You'll probably see some geekery scattered in here as well.
My hope for this blog is to share my love of historical fashion and modern sewing, help others learn sewing techniques, and look at pretty dresses from the past! It's a project diary of sorts so I can keep track of what I made in case I want to make it again. It's also a place I hope to share inspiration and research that can help others create as well.
I started "blogging" about costumes and sewing back in the early 2000s on Live Journal and created a how-to tutorial website back in 2007. And no you can't see it because it's super embarrassing! Since then I moved on to blogger and started Neroli Blossoms in 2010. It was a lifestyle blog that was all over the place, but I did a few collaborations with brands and was even featured on Buzzfeed for my Anthropologie duvet cover hack which you can check out here. However, after a while it didn't feel like me anymore and I took a blogging hiatus. After a while I realized that I missed the community and sharing with people, so I'm starting up again. Here's to new adventures in sewing and craft projects!
I'm Sarah, a textile, history and sewing enthusiast. I talk about contemporary and historical fashion, sewing, patterns, tutorials, home decor, and anything else you can make with a needle and thread. I love books and am happy to talk your ear off about historical clothing.
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