All posts by Lauren

A costume history nerd and wife, I live in Southern California with my husband and two kitties. I love costume history from the 18th century through the 1950s, but the Edwardian era and the 1930s are my long time favorites.

A BIG THANK YOU post for my Kickstarter backers

A little later than planned, but I want to personally thank each and every one of  my Kickstarter backers and folks who made this happen.



In no particular order, thank you to:

Alison Daly  Anita Flores  SheilaMay  Alex Wilkinson  Katrina  Rosi Porter  Gillian Stapleton  ryan lemar  Marlena Harris  Linda Bennett  Ginger  Joan Berkwit z Lauren Marks  Richard David  Kristi K Flesher  Cary Farnsworth Forever Lasan Boutique  PaulY  James Womack  Marie MacGillis  Robert Berkwitz  Jennifer Krol l Rachel Turner Chastity Senek  Katie  Aimee Major Steinberger  Jenny Redpiper  Esther J enna Carlson  Jenny  Liza Fuhrman McIlwee  Lynne Taylo r dawnorchid  Jennifer Thompson  Deb  Christina Bowles  Becky Russell  Tracey Walker tornadogrrrl  Nicole Waters  Jeanne Marie Tokunaga  Mary-Sarah O’Hanlon  Zoe Chakos  Susan Davis  Rachel Porter  Tina Roneklint  Tanya M. Hughes  Elisa Edgre n Laurie Callsen  Twila Taylor  Sandra Spielberge  Georgia Winter  Sarah Griffith  Eva Marie Zertuche  Gonnie Anneveld-Tol  Cassidy Percoco  Lauren Elizabeth  Jennie Shipman Bonwich  Caitlin Saraphis  Benny Reese  Twd Wynn  Brenda Sharpe  Sabrina  Teri Plemel  Rebecca Thelin Brandy Totten  Helene Illervik  Lisa VandenBerghe  Jen Thompson  Simone Baerentzen  Nicole Rudolph  Jacqueine Johnson  Gavi Barrera  Anne Gerhard  lisabee  Tatyana G  Lori Harrah  Tina Holt  Colleen Crosby  R Johnson  RG Carla  Anna Polin  Charlotte Boye r Jane Wheeler  Racy Tracy Gomez  Asia Poppers  Katharina Ramirez  Annette Jones  Judith Grivich  Julia Boyle  Sandra Adelizi  Jeneen Johnston  Celina  Debra Startzman  Fern Rouintree  Sandi Dreer  RL Johnson  Aubry Eary  brittany  Christina Walley  Marisa  Michelle Eutizi Marsinah1  Amanda Nelson  Capi Zabala  Claire Walliker  Marci Morimoto  Anna-Margot Collins  Christina DeAngelo  Teghan Ashley Maggie Smith  Elise Erickson  Leimomi Oakes  Kristen Nancy Tozier Sieling  Vanessa Heron  Cath  Debbie Callahan Laurie Everitt  Katrina  Jene  Melissa  Mary Alexander  Charlotte Raby  Donna Davis  Miranda Ley  Diana Hasler Jennifer Moore-Brasher  Cindy Woolworth  Bramske Bingham  Meg Nicholas  Cole Spivia  Sharon Bramlett  Ave Uudelepp  Emily Stringham  Jennifer Randall  Thoreson  Charity Everett  Katharine D. Graham  Elizabeth VanderMeer  Anna Stonestrom  Tricia Lippert  Holly Marie Brown  Mary Burbage  cheryl jansen  Jess Hutchison Catherine Scholar  Erin Debra Sternberg  Tonya Clevenger  Jamie LaMoreaux  Deborah Kline  Melissa Robson cyndrekit  Molly Glenn  Melanie Montgomery  Breanna Maxine  Brynnda Foster  abbie  Sara Gonzalez  Susan Ng Jen  Rachel Frederick  Veronica Shriver  Åsa Tornborg  Laura Pedersen-Schulz  Emma Joyce  Taylor  Angela Thompson  Megaffe  Tessa Chandler  Danielle Doyle  Lynn Cornelison  Claudine Wong  Nicole Tobin  Bat Shachaf Renee Fisher  Kellen Harkins  Tegan  Lisa Hansen  Carolyn Espinoza  Laura Ulak  Judith Hollenberger  Dunlap Leisa Franklin  Amanda Miller  Katherine Caron-Greig  Rochelle New  Cindy Piselli  TFoland Renée  Rotthier Laura McGinnis Garver  Loren Dearborn  Nikki  Molly Maka  Susie-Marie Woods  Athene Kovacic  Jonnalyhn Prill  Lorna McKenzie  Laura  Jenny-Rose White  Katherine Linzy  Amy Lee Karow-Thara  Cynthia Settje  Heather Pritchett  Kat Clowes  Allison Berkwitz  *Tunde*  Emily Jenkins  Bastian  Sarah Schimke  Amy Trotnick  Jennifer Rosbrugh  Elizabeth Langford  Sarah Buttell  Rachael Schafer  Meg Buckley  Sara Newberry  Gina Kimmel  Tina Crossgrove Janet Worley  Brittany Trish  Green Barrows  Leigh Ann Hildebrand  Jeanette Murray  Shannon Gruber  Burchard Sarah Maisel  Jennifer Emily Vestal  Jessie Horn  Ellie McHale T ammi Johnson  Erin Herrera  Sara Klotz de Aguilar Sunny  Jane Kathryn  Karen U. 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Friedrich  Jennifer Sustar  Cherry Robinson  Joanna  MaryD  Dee-Ann MacAulay  James  Beverly Levin Fishbein  Sylvia Wong  Yvette Callender  Joseph Rocamora Sara Newberry Karie Bible Meghan troxel Kristine S Brorson Geoff Colman Mary Bordi Angela Burnley Arlene Lopez David Danielle La Fors  Antonia Burns  Jacky Luetschwager  Paula Weddle  Stephanie Thorpe  Laura Windley  Josie Smith  Simone Knol  Cat MacDude  Amy Calcote  keriann  Vicki Matthews  Jill McCupcake  Lauren Reeser  Alicia Harder  Katherine Brookes  Dave  Tanith Kovari  Laurie  Jean Baumann  Angela Carpenter Gildner  Rachel jardine  Lori  Laura Ehrlich  Debbie Sessions  Nadine  Ellen Linnea Wijgård Randerz  Julia B.  Nathan Marsak & Nicole   Jennelle Soikkeli  Meg Buckley Craig Berkwitz  Linda David  Randy Hude  Matthew Maringola  Tiera & Johnny Garfield  Chris Grover  Doug Henline




Wearing History Clothing: Updates for 3rd Week in December

Hello everyone!

Last week I neglected to post an update because things have been crazy busy around here!

Most notably, we have most of the first collection in stock now!  The Melody Print Sash/Turban now in stock. It came in last week!



And just yesterday I got the Norma Jean blouse in stock.



I’m really, really pleased with the fabrics these are made from that was made especially for me.  I know the Norma Jean is going to be in regular rotation in my closet!

So the only thing we’re left waiting on is the Maisie Dress and sash.  I’ve just been informed of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays the family owned business that we are having these made through will be off.  So, while they said they’ll try to get these to us by the middle of January, they may be pushed back a little because of the holidays.  I can’t say enough how thankful I am for the patience you’ve all graciously had due to unexpected set backs in our production schedule.  THANK YOU!  I know they’ll be worth the wait.

Meanwhile, everything that we’ve got in stock has been shipping out.  I’m down to 40 Kickstarter rewards to fulfill out of 357 backers.  Each reward contains one or more item, and for every e-pattern reward, even though I didn’t have to ship them, I still had to generate and save a unique coupon code for every backer.  Wow, has it been a busy few months for me!  But I’m down to 40 left to fill, and I’m working as fast as I can to get things out that are in stock.  I’m hoping I can get the rest out before Christmas (since I was able to ship nearly 20 orders today alone!).


If you supported the Kickstarter or are a customer on my website and you’ve received your items, I’d LOVE if you could post me a review on my website for the items you’ve received.  To do that, go to and go to the item you bought.  At the bottom of the page it will say “Product reviews”.  Click on that, and you should be able to review the item by using the same email you provided in the Kickstarter.

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I’ve been getting some lovely photos from some of you, where you’re wearing your clothing rewards!  Oh my goodness, it just makes me heart so happy!  If you want to check them out, see the album on my Facebook page here.  If you have photos I can add, please let me know.  And if you’ve done a blog post, or are going to do one, don’t forget to share a link with me!  The biggest part of this dream is hearing and seeing how much you like the clothes!  For some reason it seems all the more real, and I’m so blessed by the feedback.  So THANK YOU!

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I guess that’s about all the updates I have for now!  So excited that I can see that the end of this big post-Kickstarter push is getting closer. I have so many ideas of new things to make when I get the time to work on them!

I’ve gotten a few comments from folks who were bummed they missed out on ordering the clothing.  But don’t worry, you can still get them!  If you missed out on the Kickstarter, don’t forget you can now order the clothing on my new website!

Lots of love to you all, and THANK YOU again for your continued support.




Wearing History Clothing: Updates for 1st Week of December

Howdy all!

I’ve been doing all updates on the Kickstarter page, but I figured other folks might want to know what’s been going on, so I decided to switch to posting updates on the good ol’ blog.

Firstly- I know you guys should know by now that we reached the Kickstarter goal!  Yay!  But some of you don’t know that you can now order all the clothing items on my new Wearing History Clothing website.  How cool is that?  So, I got a few comments and messages that folks were bummed they missed out while items were available.  Well, they’re still available, you’ve just gotta go find them here.

Clothing is in Stock!- Clothing has started being produced and delivered, and I now have the Ruthie blouse, the Victoria dress, and most of the Smooth Sailing Trousers in Stock.  Plus, the Smooth Sailing trousers now include waist sizes 24″-40″!  Yay!

For a visual, that’s all of these styles:


And many thanks to the beautiful Jenn of Hair & Makeup for modeling for me.  If you’re in the L.A. area, she does great hair and makeup of all different eras.

Still in Production- We’re still waiting on the size 32″ waist Smooth Sailing trousers (that’s the size X-Large if you pre-ordered via Kickstarter), but they should be on the way soon.  As for the other styles, I am told that the Norma Jean blouse and the Scarf/Turban should be here by the middle of this month (though they have run a tad late on the other items, so we’ll safely say by the end of the month).  The Maisie dress will finish up the first collection, and those are most likely going to arrive in January.

THANK YOU to new customers and supporters! And especially for being so patient while things are getting made.  As you know, this is my first time doing this, so there has been a bit of a learning curve there, which pushed me a bit behind production schedule.  BUT everything that’s been coming back has been just fabulous, and the photos and feedback I’ve been hearing back have been amazing!  Everyone so far seems to really like their items, and I’m so, so happy!  I keep hearing that everyone’s very impressed with the quality, and that means the WORLD to me, since I spent so long on each and every little aspect of what has gone into each item!

Shipping for Kickstarter Supporters and Pre-Orders- If you ordered the Victoria, Maisie, or Smooth Sailing alone, or any combination thereof, your items have either already shipped or are in process- except for the size 32″ waist (size X-Large) Smooth Sailing trousers, which are still in production.  If you pre-ordered any items with other items that are still in production, here’s another note that the items will ship together.  I know I mentioned it before, but it’s worth noting again.  Because the Kickstarter included complimentary shipping, the shipping charge is for both items to ship in the same box, at the same time.  If you’re chomping at the bit for an item you know is currently in stock, but have to wait on other things to come in stock, and would be willing to pay the extra postage for two separate shipments, make sure you message me so that can be arranged.

Christmas Delivery- The in stock sizes of the Victoria dress, Maisie blouse, and Smooth Sailing trousers are available for Christmas delivery in the USA!  Make sure you share your wish list with your friends and family .  Doing so supports small business and USA made!  It’s worth noting that I do not believe any of the items made in my signature Melody print will arrive for Christmas delivery, sadly :(  But they’ll be an awesome post-holiday gift!

Please Help by Sharing a Review! If you’ve gotten your items, I would LOVE it if you could take a moment and review them on my website.  To do so, go to my website and to the item you pre-ordered.  At the bottom it should say “Reviews”.  I’ve been entering orders on my site for everyone who’s pre-ordered, so you should be able to leave me a review by using the email address connected with your Kickstarter account.  If you’ve been getting email notifications of orders that you placed, that’s my website telling you I’ve been transferring the Kickstarter orders to my website, to better keep track of orders and allow you to leave reviews.

Please Help Get the Word Out!  I really, really want this to continue, but to do that I will need your help getting out the word!  That means any links, blog posts, photos of you wearing garments, and website reviews are so, so needed by me!  I really have been so blessed by everyone’s support, and how everyone has really rallied behind me to make this happen, and if you love what you’ve received make sure you let other folks know so I can design and make more fun vintage revival clothing for new collections by having more folks find my little fledling clothing line. :)

What’s Next?  As soon as I am sure that every last piece is in production and things get a little calmer here behind the scenes, I’m going to be working on new designs.  Finally!  I’m so excited.  1950’s casual knits (not sweaters, but still cool), plus I’ve been really geeking out over quality Japanese cotton fabrics.  And the Melody print be back again in a brand new separate!  But I’ve gotta get this first collection underway first, and hopefully more folks will find me via your reviews and sharing so that more clothing goodies will be possible.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone!



Video Blog: Post-Kickstarter Update + Tips for Aspiring Designers

I have a little video update I put together to talk about some of my personal and behind the scenes lessons learned through the whole Kickstarter process.

If you’re an aspiring designer looking to start your own line, or currently self employed, maybe some of this will help you out or ring true for you.

And if you’re an awesome Kickstarter backer of mine, or someone thinking of buying one of my designs through my website, this will hopefully let you know what sort of things go on behind the scenes of a clothing line startup.

Don’t forget to shop my clothing line and share my website with your friends!



Wearing History Clothing Updates!

Hi Everyone!

I want to let you in on where we are in the process!

Firstly, I have good news! I picked up  the FINISHED FABRIC for the Maisie Dress, the Norma Jean Blouse, and the Scarf/Turban today!!!  We can get in queue for those to get made now that we finally have the finished fabric in hand.  I’m not quite sure as to the estimated date I’ll get them back, but I’m really hoping to get these back around the middle of next month.  Thank you so much for being so patient with those garments!

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Secondly- we’ve gotten the first finished garments back!! HURRAH! I picked up the finished Ruthie Blouses and Victoria Dresses today! I will start shipping those this week, to people who pledged for those items alone.

So my little car has done a lot today.  Here’s boxes of finished garments plus other things I picked up


Thirdly, because it’s come up a few times- I need to clarify something. Because shipping was complimentary as a perk of the Kickstarter, that means that if you ordered a package with more than one item, your rewards will ship when ALL items for your reward are finished and in hand. So, say, we shipped out tote bags a few weeks ago, but if you ordered a tote bag and scarf, we’re still in process on the scarves, so once those are finished the two will be shipped to you together. Hope that makes sense :)

Let’s see… what else… I’ve been running around like a crazy lady since the Kickstarter ended, so I know there’s much more!

Ah!  The Smooth Sailing Trousers are currently being made.  And, because I heard feedback, I have added more sizes.  So you can find sizes 24″-32″ waist here, andsizes 34″-40″ waist here on my website.  I have very limited amounts of the larger sizes available, so if you’re interested I suggest pre-ordering :)

And lastly for now, I now have tee-shirts available on my website!  Even though we were over the initial kickstarter goal, we did run over budget, so these tees were created to help us get over the little road bump (which I hear is quite normal for starting something like this!).  We have both the WHC Eagle, and the Wearing History Clothing palm label available.  These tees were made in the USA, printed at a local indie screen printer, and use eco-friendly inks.  Plus, they’re super soft and comfy and come in Women’s sizes Small-2XL.  I have men’s ones, too, but haven’t had a moment to get those on the site yet.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Thanks, all!