Project: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting

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It’s time to report on the wrap up of our Literature, History, & Fashion unit on Jules Verne and Steampunk. Rebecca had been working on reading Jules Verne and learning more about Steampunk origins and fashion. In the first post I shared the content of our unit and the beginning of the dress making process. Today, I’m following up on that post with the conclusion to the project- at least this time period for the ongoing history & fashion project.

Jules Verne Project Review

The main elements of the project included:

  • Reading Jules Verne books
  • Learning about the life of Jules Verne
  • Writing an author profile & some analysis essays on Jules Verne and his work (these came from Excellence in Literature)
  • Steampunk Fashion- learning about what it is and where it came from
  • Fashion Design- Steampunk style

You can see the original post by clicking on the link above or the picture below. There are more details on the books and assignments there.

Blog, She Wrote: Jules Verne Literature, History, & Fashion

I interviewed Rebecca to find out what she thought of this project and if she had any tips or advise for you all. In the first post, you can see how the pieces of the pattern came together in the bodice and below you can see the first fitting.

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What Is Your Favorite Part about Drafting Patterns?

  • Drawing the designs
  • Choosing fabrics best suited for the fashion
  • Drafting the patterns from my sketches

By far her favorite is the drafting which is curious considering it requires effort and math! Rebecca is always up for a crafty math challenge. What better way to apply skills?

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Why Do You Prefer to Draft Your Own Patterns?

Rebecca has always preferred to make her own patterns rather than follow store bought ones. What makes pattern drafting so appealing? She has some very specific opinions on this:

  • Makes you more familiar with the pattern
  • I will know how all the pieces fit together
  • I know how the garment deconstructs in my mind.
  • Gives me independence- I don’t have to stick with the pattern I’m given. It can be my pattern, my way.
  • Shows me why something needs to be done in a certain order

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What Would You do Differently?

She learned a few important things from this project. Even mistakes lead to better understanding and she did have to take the garment apart at least once during the process.

  • Make sure the sleeves have the proper seam allowance and make sure they do not taper but stay straight. Dolls cannot cup a hand to squeeze an arm into a sleeve! You can see how she chose to modify the design so she would not have to recut and sew the fabric.
  • Whatever you do to the front of the dress, you must do to the back. In this case she had four or more pattern pieces that made up the bodice and she had to make sure they lined up well once they were put together.
  • Make the lining from the same fabric or a similar color so that if the fabric peeks out from the seam it is less noticeable! Rebecca made a fabulous lining to the bodice, but it easy to see when it’s out of place.

Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting

Tools for Drafting Patterns

Here are some basic items to have on hand for pattern making:

  • ruler
  • pencil
  • bendable ruler- helpful for tracing curves for the armscye (armhole in the sleeve) and necklines
  • large pieces of paper (larger than printer paper)
  • doll (or a person if you are sewing for people)
  • tape measure
  • pins- for fittings
  • fabric marking pencil or pen
  • dress form

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Some Helpful Drafting Tutorial Sites

Rebecca has learned a lot from books and websites on how to draft her own patterns. Here are a few of her favorite sites.

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How Do You Go from Sewing Tidbits to Drafting Patterns and Putting Together Garments?

Rebecca has been sewing since she was 8 years old. At three months shy of 14, she’s been sewing for 6 years and I’ve watched a lot of growth in that time. My sewing skills are fairly basic, so how did she go from sewing simple projects to drafting her own designs from sketches and successfully sewing a garment that is tailored? I know what I’ve done to mentor her and she had some ideas to share as well.

  • Build up endurance for longer projects! How? Sew a lot and get better at it. It doesn’t matter if they are small projects at first just as long as you keep at it.
  • Try new techniques- once you have the hang of the basics, challenge yourself to keep trying new skills. Build your skills slowly and steadily.
  • Use a visually pleasing tutorial- so it’s easy to understand and use the books and tutorials to tackle the drafting. Rebecca’s Kindle Fire has proven to be very helpful in following the tutorials right where she is working. I can’t recommend this homeschool tool enough! See all the ways we use this economical tablet in our homeschool, 10 Reasons to Use a Kindle Part 2- Kindle Fire
  • Provide materials for the work- make sure your sewing student has the tools of the trade that allow her to learn the new skills.
  • Provide space for the work- I can’t emphasize enough how much this helps the learning process. Rebecca would not get nearly the work in that she does if she had to make a big deal about getting started every time she wanted to work.
  • Give them the time- Time to work is a huge part of the success of Rebecca’s skill acquisition. She is given long blocks of uninterrupted time to work out the drafting process and fix mistakes without distractions.

Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting

Costume Design

This project area has spurred a lot of interest in costume design. The dress that Rebecca put together is all her own idea based on some steampunk influences including a dress that was made for me and the Steampunk Pinterest Board I created for her.

She adored the process of envisioning a dress and making it come alive. The last piece to the puzzle was in all the details of this dress. We scoured the craft stores for the hardware to add to the steampunk design. We found the perfect accessories and doodads! Steampunk is all about late 1800s style with futuristic capabilities all made from steam power and gears that do work.

She is already thinking about how this work could be a part of her future.

Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting


Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting


Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting


Blog, She Wrote: Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting

This history and fashion project for the year has been very successful. Rebecca is building quite a portfolio with the next step being the county fair. She has read books on period clothing and learned a great deal about culture at the same time – whether it’s the steampunk genre or life in the middle ages.

She is about to take her skills to the next level by constructing her own gown for this year’s Civil War Ball. I can hardly wait to see the finished product.

Methods for Teaching Middle School & High School Homeschool

Blog, She Wrote: Teaching Middle & High School Language Arts

This week the iHN is hosting a Hopscotch on “How I Teach”. Here at Blog, She Wrote I’m sharing methods for teaching middle and high school students in all the major subject areas. We’ll be discussing strategy and curriculum. Today our topic is language arts.

Strategies for Teaching Middle School & High School Homeschool Language Arts

My philosophy on teaching writing and language skills from a young age is one of a coaching role. My job is to meet my writers where they are, give them the tools they need and how to use them and to help them to meet their goals. What is the goal? To be an effective written communicator. That’s what it’s all about.

  • Play with Words- enjoy exercises and fun ways to engage with words to increase vocabulary. Click the link to see five great ideas I wrote for Bright Ideas Press.
  • Collage Words- More details on reflecting on a word and exploring its meanings.
  • Resources for Coaching Writing- a list of some of my favorite resources for coaching writers.
  • Conferences- I meet with my kids regularly to go over their written work and to see what can be improved. I take a look at the first draft and usually ask the student to go back and self edit, naming the thing they are notorious for forgetting- whether that be correct capitalization or wild commas. If the piece of writing is hard to decipher because of poor organization/grammar/spelling, I have them read it to me. When they read it aloud they realize that without grammar conventions/organization, the reader will not experience the piece the way the author intended. This goes a LONG way to encouraging kids to edit their work.
  • Writer’s Workshop- I’ve been hosting a workshop that includes my kids along with about five other homeschoolers in our home since September. I’ll be posting more detail on this soon, but having kids write for an audience is one of the best investments I’ve made in time this year. If you’d like a little more information now, click the link above on Resources for Coaching Writing.

Blog, She Wrote: Teaching Middle & High School Language Arts

Our Favorite Middle School & High School Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum

  • Cover Story- This is a middle school writing program written by Daniel Schwabauer, the creator of One Year Adventure Novel. My 6th and 8th graders are working on building the pieces to their own magazine issue based on a theme they chose. There are video lessons which are well done along with resources for the parents. The younger siblings of OYAN students approve!
  • WriteShop- WriteShop Junior & WriteShop I and II. I love WriteShop for its ability to break down the writing process into pre-writing, drafts/editing, and final, published copy. We use this between the informal early elementary years and the time we begin creative writing and expository writing programs. I also use units from WS 1&2 to help with organizations of essays at any time during the teen years.
  • One Year Adventure Novel - Write a novel in one school year. That is the aim of OYAN and it is adored by us all. The lessons are thorough and draw the students in. My two favorite things (besides the novel) are: 1) How the curriculum provides excellent talking points about literature with our teens. 2) The community Mr. Schwabauer has created for teens to interact with each other. My 10th grader loves the OYAN forums where he can be himself and be in community with other kids who love books and stories as much as he does. There are also regular webinars with extra instruction.
  • Other Worlds- The follow up to the One Year Adventure Novel. This one is focused on writing fantasy and science fiction. My 10th grader is working on his fantasy novel. I enjoy the lessons on the history of science fiction and fantasy and how they are different from adventure.
  • Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings- Spend time immersed in the three books that make up The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wonderful vocabulary studies, chapter discussions, essays, and unit studies based on this fantasy tale.
  • Excellence in Literature- Classic literature is taught in four week modules with honors options. I have all five volumes so we can skip around. They are meant to be use 8th-12th grade. This program has been a great model of student led reading and writing on the classics and has been very successful so far.

Slow and steady wins the race. We try to keep moving forward and see our kids make progress in their writing skills. We add in what’s necessary as they gain skills so they can be stretched to the next level. Our kids are immersed in reading and writing in many forms from a young age and we love to watch them gain confidence as they get older. Coming soon news from our Writer’s Workshop!

The iHomeschool Network is hosting a Hopscotch series this week on “How I Teach”. Join other iHN bloggers to see how they teach Language Arts. You’ll find information on working with special needs all the way to gifted kids and everything in between.


Resources for Coaching Writing

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Since September I’ve been hosting a Writer’s Workshop for a fabulous group of students ranging in age from 8 to 15 years old. We started with a core group of kids which has shifted and grown a bit. We currently have eight writers who convene in our family room two to three Wednesdays a month. The young writers adore the time and as their mentor, it’s been a treat to hear their writing each week.

I promised them a collection of the writing resources I’ve been sharing with them and I thought it would be beneficial to share it with all of you. It’s a long post so bear with me. I’m going against my better judgment and keeping it as a one stop shop for now.

Blog, She Wrote: Resources for Coaching Writers

What Is a Writer’s Workshop?

A writer’s workshop is a time for writers to gather and share their work with each other. The concept has been around a long time and has various forms. Some workshops focus on using the time for writing coupled with a mini-lesson for writers. Other workshops bring work that is complete to share with the group. Ours is more the sharing sort of group.

Our workshop is based on the model from the book Workshops Work by Patricia Zaballos. The book explains the benefits of doing a writer’s workshop with kids along with the nuts and bolts of putting a workshop together. I was convinced from the moment I started reading the book and aimed to invite kids to join us this fall. We are a success! More on Workshops Work next month at Curriculum Choice (along with a giveaway!).

Book Resources for Writers

Some of these books were suggestions from Workshops Work. Others are books I have found along the way and have been using with the kids for years.

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Rip the Page- Fun creative writing explorations for kids. This one is new to me and I’ve had a good time paging through it. I like to keep fresh ideas on hand for our time at writer’s workshop.

Games for Writing- A long time favorite of mine, this is a book full of practical ideas on playing with writing for grades K-3. I love Peggy Kaye’s approach to any topic using simple, hand made games for kids.

Games for Learning- This one has games for all sorts of subjects, but it includes ideas for writing. Once again, the exercises appeal to younger students.

Spilling Ink- A handbook for young writers with exercises inside in the form of dares. A pure pleasure. I happen to know a sequel is due out as well simply named, “Stuck”. For when you are at a loss for words. Bonus: We had the fantastic opportunity to have Anne Mazer join us for workshop one afternoon and it was the best ever! I happened to notice she lived locally to us (just a few miles away) after reading her bio in the back of the book. What an experience!

The Synonym Finder- Simply the best out there. If you want to play with the nuances of words. This is your ammo.

Dictionary- A nice dictionary. I’m in the market for an unabridged version, but for now we are using our collegiate dictionary from the early 90s. Unabridged because I like words.

Guy Write- A book all about boys and writing. This one is written to the boys and gives mentors and writing coaches permission to enjoy the way boys write. If you teach boys, this is a book for you!

A Writer’s Notebook- This one is a personal favorite. Does your writer have a notebook? I know I do! It’s next to me right now as I work on this post. Find out what a notebook is for and how to use it to improve your writing. Another one written directly to kids and available in the Kindle format for quick acquisition!

Live Writing- A quick look at a writer’s tool box. All the books in this series are easy to read and inexpensive. What does a writer use to make their writing happen? Find out!

How Writer’s Work- Written to the student, this book details how writers really write. Kids are taught in a particular way to work on something start to finish, but that is rarely how real writers approach their work- at least in the formal sense. Take a peek into the world of writers.

Teaching Grammar through Writing- Working on a link for this. The version I have may be out of print. However, if you can find it, this book is a handy tool in application of grammar as you write.

Write Source 2000- A handbook for reference. How to chapter on all sorts of writing.

Writer’s Inc- A handbook for writing. Easy to use and easy to read for the kids. I refer my kids to it all the time.

Blog & Website Resources for Writers

I’ve come across some really enjoyable and useful websites for young writers and writers of all kinds.

Blog, She Wrote: Resources for Writers

In Our Write Minds- This is the WriteShop blog and is written for teachers and students. There are a lot of writing exercises here for students young and old to try. If you have a writer in your midst, then there many ideas for feasting on here.

Wonder Farm- Patricia Zaballos’ blog. She’s an author and homeschool mom who “loves to write and wants others to love it too”. I could plant here and read for some time. When you do, you’ll come away with a glimpse of the passion she has for coaching writers. Her sidebar contains goodies like: “Becoming a Writing Mentor to Your Child” and “My Year of Excellent Essayists”. Gold!

Small World- Another homeschool mom, you’ll find Sarah loves writing and words. Check out Wordsmithery (you don’t want to miss this) and the Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing for Students.

Spilling Ink the Blog- The blogging home of Spilling Ink the book by Anne Mazer & Ellen Potter. Right now they have a contest for 8-12 year olds up. The age range of the contest actually inspired our kids to have their own with a much higher age limit. Stories are due next week writers! Are you ready?

NanoWriMo- This is the link to the Young Writer’s Program, but NanoWriMo is for adults too. November is National Novel Writing Month and you will love the encouragement to write as many words for your novel as possible. You have to see the programming they have in place for this big event. Start gearing up early and take advantage of the focus. Not to miss is the Dare Machine which gives really clever writing prompts and ideas. At this writing, there are 297 days and 2 hours left until NanoWriMo 2014!

Write at Home- This one is a gem. Find posts on grammar and characters along with anything else you can think of in the realm of writing. Brian answers the questions everyone has about annoying grammar mistakes and common misconceptions. Enjoy this blog geared to homeschoolers.

Go Teen Writers- This blog is a collaboration effort between several authors and is written to teens. There is a book by the same title which pulls together many of the posts on the blog. If you have a writer who wants to see something published, this is the blog to read!

textualFortuigence- Looking for a way to introduce another writing mentor into your student’s life? Lily Iatridis has a series of essay modules perfect for outsourcing some of your student’s writing. I think it’s a great way to have alternative feedback on a teen’s writing.

Student Blogs for Writing Resource

I’ve gathered together a few student blogs including those of my kids and a few other workshop students. See what you think!

Blog, She Wrote: Resources for Coaching Writing

The 11 Dollar Dog- Written by the dog of one of our workshop students. A humorous look at the life of a dog in a human family world.

Of Bows & Arrows, Swords & Spears- Another workshop student blog who happens to be E15. He’s not super consistent, but I’m working on that.

Miss Bliss- The long time blog of R13 which focuses on her crafting, American Girl dolls, and sewing. Since she posts mainly from her Android device, she’s a minimalist when it comes to words.

Nairam of Sherwood- An early graduate of the One Year Adventure Novel program and a story teller in her own right. She’s not posting anymore really, but you can enjoy her stories and writing already there.

Geography Crusades- This is another of Ethan’s blogs which is the ongoing project for his Ancient Studies course for 10th grade this year. This blog will be the whole package from appearance to lots of content. Enjoy!

Why the Workshop?

Some folks may be asking why we’ve invested our time in a writer’s workshop. It’s simple really. We’ve seen results! The kids arrive eager to share and join others in encouraging each other in their writing. Does it get better than that?

For me, it’s been worth the little investment of time to see young writers flourish. Not all the kids who attend love writing. What they love is the audience. They love to write so others can hear.

  • They write new installments of stories they’ve written when peers say they want to hear what happens next.
  • They write the poem late into the night so they have something to share the following afternoon.
  • They furiously write down the “golden sentence” from a book they love so they can share it.
  • They clip ads from the local paper to share funny grammar mistakes with the group
  • They ask the group how they can improve something they are working on
  • They are eager to encourage one another young and older

The next best thing is sharing with young people how writers really write. They don’t sit with a formal checklist and a set of directions. They pull from experience and passion to put something on the page and making it polished is simply part of that. It’s letting kids know they are writers not just homework doers.

Ten Reasons to Use a Kindle in Your Homeschool {Part 2- The Kindle Fire}

Blog, She Wrote: 10 Reasons to Use a Kindle in Your Homeschool Part 2- Kindle Fire

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Last week I shared the Ten Reason to Use a Kindle in Your Homeschool Part 1. That was all about the Kindle eReader such as the Paperwhite. Part 2 is focused on the Kindle Fire tablet.

5 Compelling Reasons to Use a Kindle Fire in Your Homeschool


  • The Fire has an HD video capability which gives a great picture for things like You Tube
  • and Netflix.
  • I’m excited for the possibility of also viewing what’s on our satellite dish on the Kindle Fire. With Dish Anywhere we can do this- so our recorded school related shows we could see on the go if we needed to fill time.
  • Record video and take pictures if you have the Kindle Fire HDX models.

Blog, She Wrote: Ten Reasons to Use a Kindle Fire in Your Homeschool


  • You can download all your favorite stories and mp3 files onto the Fire
  • Listen to Audible books.
  • Did you know that Whispersync is available for the Fire? If you own the Kindle book and the Aubible file, you can play the audio and follow the highlighted text as you go with the Kindle. This has a lot of possibilities for students with reading disabilities.
  • Even better if you decide to listen only, the next time you open your Fire you can choose to start where the audio left off or where you stopped reading. Pretty clever.

Blog, She Wrote: Ten Reasons to Use a Kindle Fire in Your Homeschool


  • If you’d like to play in the world of tablets, the Kindle Fire is a very cost effective way to do so.
  • There are different models of the Fire from a basic 8G wifi with no camera or mic all the way up to a 3G plus camera and mic and the works. There is a Kindle Fire to fit your needs and your budget.


  • The Kindle Fire is primarily a Kindle after all, so the reading screen is lovely.
  • Best yet, it reads PDF files nicely as well. In fact, it’s the best Kindle for viewing PDF ebooks if you have any of those.
  • In addition, the Fire lets you easily view books which are graphic heavy.
  • Our cK-12 textbooks look great on the Kindle Fire and make it easy for my high schooler to read and interact with the text (like following embedded video links) all while at a table to do written work at the same time. Win.

Blog, She Wrote: Ten Reasons to Use a Kindle Fire in Your Homeschool

Games/Apps/Web Browsing

  • The Silk web browser is very functional- fast and easy to use.
  • We can access homeschooling blogs and tutorials and use them right at our work surface which is a lot less cumbersome than even a laptop.
  • There are some popular games/apps for the Kindle Fire, but don’t expect the same selection as iTunes or Google Play.
  • Follow news articles or links from email and other sources.

Blog, She Wrote: Ten Reasons to Use a Kindle Fire in Your Homeschool

All in all, I love my new Kindle Fire. It’s been a great addition to our homeschool for all these reasons and more. I’ve only had it for about a month, but it’s already proven to be useful on many occasions. In fact, I’d love to have more of them for our students. From reading books in the public domain to using online texts and doing research, tablets are very handy homeschool tools.

Win a Kindle Fire for Your Homeschool

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Jules Verne: Literature, History, & Fashion

Blog, She Wrote: Jules Verne- Literature, History, & Fashion

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This year my 10th and 8th graders are using Excellence in Literature. E15 uses it for his main writing and literature course and R13 is using it as a unit study program- not only is she reading and doing the writing, but she is also studying the history and fashion of the same time period. We had a plan to study the middle ages for the year, but in the end she thought it would be more interesting to skip around and immerse herself in the context of each piece of literature. Fabulous idea! We started with Introduction to Literature, although I purchased the entire set so I could skip around.

Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve. -Jules Verne

The Literature of Jules Verne

  • Around the World in 80 Days- was the focus text of this unit
  • Around the World in Eighty Days: The Whole Story- an annotated version of the full unabridged text which shows illustrations for various ports, objects in the story.
  • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea- honors text
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth- She worked with this book over the summer and taught a Zine class having to do with caves to kids at the summer library program.
  • Other Worlds- by One Year Adventure Novel. E15 is working on a fantasy novel and he’d been watching lessons on the history of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres.

Biographies of Jules Verne

The unit required R13 to write an author profile. After reading about the author, the kids wrote a summary about the author’s life including birth and death dates along with some high points about his life. I’d like to see more go into this so I may change this up for future units.

For the most part, sticking with biographies written for the middle grades can give a good picture of the author’s life without stumbling upon the very adult oriented issues that an author may have. Jules Verne certainly did have some issues best left uncovered by young readers.


Steampunk Fashion: A Study & Idea Gathering

Jules Verne and his many literary inventions has launched a whole new genre of science fiction (and a subculture) – Steampunk. Steampunk imagines that there are fanciful inventions with great capabilities which are all steam powered.

Steampunk fashion is derived from Victorian era dress with the addition of technologies and gadgets consistent with more modern times- except they all “look” old.

  • Steampunk Fashions Pinterest Board- this is a gathering of steampunk images of clothing others have made and of vintage gowns. I wanted a relatively “safe” place for R13 to get ideas for her own fashions. Steampunk fashion isn’t always the most modest so I pick the best ones for her to view.
  • Cover Story- the middle school writing program from the creator of One Year Adventure Novel has a steampunk theme. R13 is working on her own magazine issue this year and the theme has been helpful in discovering more about the steampunk culture- in props and in the journal writing exercises.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Disney movie version. Seems to be an inspiration to many in the steampunk culture. If you haven’t seen it recently, have a look.

If you choose to try out this unit, just a word of caution on the world of steampunk…as the parent check it out first! Make sure the content is what you are looking for and leaves out what you are not interested in for your student.



Steampunk Pattern Design & Making

I’ve mentioned before in The Making of a Wizard & The Crafty Side of Math how we incorporate applied math into R13′s school work. Steampunk fashion is another great opportunity for us to tackle a great project.

  • Many sketches- R13 began with sketches of her designs. She did research on different steampunk designs and ideas and came up with some things she wanted to make. She worked on some princess seam sketches for some time trying to come up with a way to create the line of a corset shape on her doll.
  • Choosing Fabrics- dark and flashy is what she’s going for and is using some rescued for reuse fabric in her designs. She has some in her collection, but here’s a shout out to our favorite source Mrs.R for her help in securing just the right pieces!
  • Measurements- She takes the necessary dimensions of her 18 inch doll in order to draft the patterns.
  • Drafting the Patterns- she uses the book How to Make Sewing Patterns to make drafts of her sketches using the dimensions of her doll. This is a book she has grown into as her skills have improved and she’s wanted to learn more. She’s very careful to label each pattern so she knows which piece it is and whether or not the seam allowance is included.
  • Cutting the Fabric- she has completed the sleeves and the front of the bodice. She has to correct a mistake in her back piece of the bodice.
  • Sewing- finally the pieces of fabric can be sewn together!


Designing Steampunk Accessories

  • Gear Buttons- gears are very popular in the steampunk world. R13 made these from Shrinky Dinks. She plans to adorn the dress with them.
  • Hoop- for the hoop skirt. She had to be very clever to work out what she wanted for this. She is hopeful it will help the dress to keep the shape she intends.
  • Embellishments- So far she has added ribbon to her sleeves. I can’t wait to see what else she creates.

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So far, R13 is off to a great start. With it being the holiday season and having a major role in a play, some of this work is on hold. The next post on the topic will include some more of her assignments on history and writing along with more results on her sewing project.

The key to success with this sort of Project Based Homeschooling is to allow the time and to provide the resources she needs to get the job done. I also keep a project journal so I can be a good project mentor. More details on that to come as well.

I apologize for the recent blog silence. Since before Thanksgiving we have been passing around a healthy little cold which is still alive and well in our home. I am happy to finally put the finishing touches on this post for you all!