Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mystery Challenge....Accepted

Hi! Welcome to the next stop on the May Mystery Challenge Blog Tour: People and Moments in Time. I got super lucky when Meriel Aho of Create 3.5 chose Amelia Earhart as my topic.

Amelia Earhart was an amazing woman in a time when women weren't encouraged to be strong or amazing. Let me set the scene:

 Amelia Earhart, took her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921. She worked as a social worker at Denison House, which was like a community center in Boston that enriched the lives of those who lived there with things like job training and counseling and meals.  Within six months, she managed to save enough money to buy her first plane. She bought a used  Kinner Airster, a two-seat biplane painted bright yellow that she named "The Canary" and used it to set her first women's record by rising to an altitude of 14,000 feet.

On June 27, 1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. No small feat considering the 3 women who tried before her had died in the attempt. Amelia was strong and she was determined and she stood for her beliefs. In 1931, Amelia married George Putnam, who would assist her in her endeavors. Intent on retaining her independence, she referred to the marriage as a "partnership" with "dual control."  My kinda chick for sure!

In 1932 Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross-the first ever given to a woman.
Earhart felt the flight proved that men and women were equal in "jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness, and willpower."

Damn straight!

Amelia set many records in her career, including setting altitude records and being the person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California, as well as being first to solo from Mexico City to Newark. Notice I say person. Amelia Earhart was a BADASS pilot!

Amelia was determined to become the first woman to fly around the world. Amelia Earhart’s daring round-the-world-flight was cut short when her Lockheed Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on June 2, 1937. Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939. What happened to Amelia Earhart has been a mystery ever since.

According to Time Magazine, that mystery is close to being solved:

Previous prevailing wisdom had supposed that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific. But some evidence, including the 1991 discovery of a 1930s woman’s Oxford shoe of the type Earhart wore, and mysterious signals received by nearby boat traffic in the days after her disappearance, have lent support to the so-called “Gardner Island hypothesis.”

It's very possible that Amelia survived the crash. I hope she did. She was just exactly the kind of woman I hope to raise my little girl to be: strong, determined, fearless.

The real trick is using my craft, sewing, to pay homage to this amazing woman. I couldn't... so I made items evocative of the era.

I started with Mabel by Swoon Sewing Patterns. The pattern is free and available here. Very easy to sew. This was the second purse I ever made. If I can do it, anyone can, I promise.
Buuuuuuut I loved it so much, that I sent it to one of the most amazing ladies I have ever known in my life. She has all the qualities that I admire in Amelia Earhart and it only seemed fitting that she have this bag. It's not perfect, but neither was Amelia and neither am I. Perfection and beauty aren't always the same, are they?

I ended up making Odette by Bluegingerdoll. The designer is a very talented Aussie named Abby Horskins, you can find her blog here. The instructions are brief, which I like, and filled with line drawings. All the Bluegingerdoll patterns are retro styled and I totally recommend them. Muslin first, though, ok? I did and boy oh boy was that muslin UGLY! lol

Without further ado: 

I'd like to give a big shout out to my photographer, who is 7 years old. Thank you Gracie Pooperson for helping mommy blog!

If you'd like to see more of the May Mystery Challenge, check this out!

5/26 │ Create 3.5 - George Sand
6/3│ Mae & K - TeslaPretty Little Blog - Moon LandingKnot Sew Normal - Lutie Eugenia Sterns


  1. I love your dress, and my mom loves her bag! I can't take pictures nearly as well as Gracie does.

  2. I learned everything I know about fitting to Ellie's mom and you, Miss Becca! Thank you. I'm not ashamed of my body. I'm ashamed that our society makes me think less of myself just because I'm fat. I'm MORE not less

  3. Fantastic! You look great. Love the dress and the bag.

  4. Nice! Love the story, the purse and your dress!

  5. Nice! Love the story, the purse and your dress!

  6. Awesome! :) You look great.

  7. You look amazing! I love the dress!

  8. Love the dress, love the bag! It's awesome! :)