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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.

See you in Pasadena!

Hi all!


Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be selling Wearing History Clothing for the first time at an event.  This weekend is the California Balboa Classic in Pasadena, CA.  I’ll be there Friday and Saturday selling my clothing.  I’ve been told you can check out the vendor room even if you don’t attend the event, so come an see me!  If you’re not sure what size you take it’s a great chance to try things on and check.

Also attending will be Loco Lindo, Remix Shoes, Monsivais Caps and Cravats, and others.

See you there THIS Friday and Saturday!


New Sewing Patterns For WWI Era Goodness.

I’ve been a busy little bee!

Still working in the background on Wearing History Clothing, but I’ve managed to set aside a little time to work on sewing patterns I promised.

Firstly, the Elsie WWI Era Blouse is now available as a mailed, printed pattern where I previously only had it available as an e-pattern.


Printed Pattern:

And for under it all, the new 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise


Printed Pattern:

Happy sewing!


2014- A Sewing Year in Review

2014 was an extremely busy year for me.  Starting the new clothing line took nearly all my energy from the start, but I did manage to squeeze in some personal sewing!  A lot less than years past, but here’s the things I made this year.  I also included needlecraft in this list, since I worked on that more than in years past.

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A Lucile Inspired 1910’s Gala Dress.


Poiret Inspired Dress


A 1919 Slipover Knitted Vest



An S-Curve Corset + “Improvers”

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1929 Pajamas

knitforvictory2A  1940’s Knit Sweater & Sailor Trousers

Front Blouse

A 1940’s Shirt Made From A Thrifted Men’s Shirt.

And some projects without blog posts:


A Crocheted 1913  “Manitoba Toque”


Rebuilt Edwardian bodice and made a matching skirt (Photo by Theophilus Wilhelm von Dorian III)

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Finished the skirt and jacket for the 1916 Suit Pattern.


I hand sewed my first costume since I was a kid without a sewing machine and made this 1790’s Regency dress.


I finished a filet crochet vest, which ended up way too small.


I made a 1950’s circle skirt and bolero for a trip to Missouri.


I made a 1950’s dress I ended up hating and never wearing (but I still love the fabric).


I learned Filet Crochet and made my husband a coaster.

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I made hats for the 1940’s Hats Pattern.


I made a 1940’s blouse and a late 1930’s jumper (and I still haven’t’ worn it!).


I made a blue 1940’s shirt and a plaid skirt for the L.A. Air Raid.1962835_627269587349195_1961484515_n

I completed 1790’s transitional short stays, but never got a proper picture.

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1940’s Rayon Trousers (super baggy, so I rarely wear them!)

I guess I accomplished more than I thought!  Most of these were done in the first half of 2014, and the second half was almost ALL WHC.

I sewed countless mock ups and samples for Wearing History Clothing.  I don’t even know how many.

And now…. the UFO (unfinished object) list…


A 1920’s Raffia Crocheted Hat

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Matching Western Shirt and Playsuit for me and my husband.



I learned Irish Crochet, but I never made anything with them!


I started the Colette Patterns bag for Christmas presents but it never got done.


I finished knitting a 1910’s pattern but never sewed it together.


I started a 1940’s sweater and then it got too cool to continue knitting rayon.


I re-learned loom beading, but never finished my necklace.

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I nearly finished the Folkwear Big Sky Riding Pants, but they still need buttons and a hem.

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I started tailoring a 1919 Suit Jacket, but I expected this to continue into 2015 because tailoring takes forever!

Most of my UFO’s were started in the second half of the year, when I wanted a creative project but didn’t have the time to follow through with completion!  I still really like them, so I’m sure I’ll finish most of them :)

One of my resolutions for this year is to get back to blogging more regularly.  It sort of fell by the wayside in the second half of the year (sorry, readers!)

Onward to 2015!  I already have plans for a 19-teens skirt for myself!


2014- Thoughts Retrospective

Well, we’ve got another year under our belt, everyone!  It’s New Year’s Eve and the last year of 2014, so I’m pondering the lessons I’ve learned in the last year.


1)  Time moves faster when you get older.

It always annoyed me when older relations would say this.  You know what?  It’s true.  But that probably still won’t make you appreciate the time when you’re younger. It’s probably one of those things you have to be thankful for in retrospect.


2)  Family is #1 in Life.

We’ve had some ups and downs this year in the background here, but no matter what you’ve got going on, you need to drop it for family when things get a bit hairy.  I’m not talking about things like “mom needs the trash taken out, so I’ve got to drop everything and drive across town to do it.”  I’m talking about things that are big- like health things.  Plus, know your family and their interest.  While some people need to work on building up boundaries and recognize characteristic unhealthy behavior relationally, once you get over those hurdles and establish healthy boundaries, it’s easier to recognize when something is really important.  In my case, I’ve already been through the boundary thing with my mom years ago, but now, in retrospect, I can see part of that was from her changing internally.  I just couldn’t see the signs.  So, one of the #1 things under family life is that you need to become aware of some warning signs that things might be happening mentally as your family members age.  My mom was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease this year, and she has probably had it for years… but because she has it unusually early, we didn’t recognize that she really had trouble remember things and wasn’t trying to be manipulative (though she did exhibit some unhealthy behavior in the past).  So, yeah… it stinks.  I should have been more thankful for the times I could have called my mom and talked with her on the phone in the past, but when you’re young you think your career and paving your life can take precedence.  And I’m learning it’s all about balance.  It’s still something I need to work on.   We’ve had other hard times with aging family members this year, too.  It’s tough.  But that’s why it’s so important to nurture your family and be thankful for their strong points instead of dwelling on things you think were different.  I’ve always been really lucky on the family side of things, and have amazing people I can really count on and depend on, and I hope they think the same of me.


3)  You Don’t Know as Much as You Think You Do.

I never thought I was cool, but I have spent most of my life since I was a teen studying vintage fashion and then accumulating practical and technical knowledge of how to accomplish it- both with vintage and with recreations.  But still, I didn’t know it all and I have SO much still to learn.  Never stop learning.  Never be surprised when you don’t know it all.  And you will make mistakes.  But keep on going and don’t give up.


4)  Dreams CAN Happen.  They Take a LOT of Hard Work.

You can dream something all your life, but what holds you back isn’t always just monetary.  It takes a lot of money to start a business, and it will take more than you think it will- even after you punch the numbers over and over (see #3).  But, keep on going.  Don’t whine about how unachievable your dream is.  Do the leg work you can up front.  Figure out a game plan.  Present your dream in a way others can understand.  Maybe, if you’re very fortunate, like I was, people will believe in your enough to invest in your dream by preordering or supporting.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Just because the initial steps were taken and you get the backing doesn’t mean it’s time to relax.  It means it’s time to work HARDER.  You won’t make any money for yourself at first, but if you believe in your dream enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen… sell off collections, have amazing family members that can help you bridge the gap (thank you to my supportive husband… he doesn’t make much financially, but we make sacrifices to keep afloat),  but with hard work and determination your dreams can get tried out.  It’s still going to take time to see where this will go, but I’m very, VERY thankful I’ve gotten the opportunity to try.  No matter what happens, no regrets.  I have faith God led me down this path, and He knows what the future will hold. No matter what, it will be good.  Make wise decisions, and keep on going.


5)  Appreciate the Small Things.  Because the Big Things are the Small Things.

I’ve dealt in the past with depression and anxiety.  In my case, I know it’s something in my chemistry (several other family members also suffer), but I’ve got it manageable.  I’m amazed that through the whole process all year, I think I’ve only had a very small anxiety attack ONCE.  Part of that comes with trusting in my faith, and a good part is remembering to look up and look around.  I’m thankful for my home.  I’m thankful for my kitties.  I’m thankful for my husband. I’m thankful for sun and rain.  I’m thankful for the happy birds outside my window.  I’m thankful I can turn on a car and go places.  I’m thankful for electricity and the people who paved the way to make it so we can flip a switch at night and see.  Never take things for granted.  It took great leaps and bounds for even the little things we take for granted to become a reality.  Telephone, internet, couches to sit on, beds to lay on, clothes on our body.  Every single thing takes people with real lives to make happen- someone builds them and someone delivers them- someone invented it, and someone repairs it.  Seeing the manufacturing process helps me to appreciate more what I have and the people who made it happen, both in history and in current times.


Hope you have a very blessed New Years.  Stay safe, everyone.




Outfit Post: Desert Vacation

My husband and I escaped for a few days this weekend.  Finally things had slowed down a bit, and we both really needed a break.  We got a really good deal on a hotel, so we were off!







For once, every single thing I wore was vintage.  I didn’t make a one thing I wore!  The dress has the most incredible snaps down the front.  They immediately reminded me of wagon wheels, so I had to wear my wagon wheel brooch!

I love 1930’s through 1940’s desert style fashion, so I brought this outfit with me to try to emulate the feel of one of my favorite fashion shorts-  Fashion Horizons, from 1940.  1940 was a good year for fashion in America.

 Hope you had a wonderful holiday, and Happy New Year if I don’t check in before then!



Vintage Cookery: Gingerbread

I’m writing this down so I don’t forget!  Super yummy!

I need a place to note my adaption from The Settlement Cook Book, 1934, so it’s getting blogged so I remember my changes when I go to make it again ;)


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup sour or buttermilk (I used whipping cream)
  • 1/2 cup shortening (I used unsalted butter)
  • 2 tsp ginger (I used 3 tsp)
  • 1 tsp spices (cinnamon and clove)  (I used 1 tsp of each spice)
  • 2 tsp soda (baking soda)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup currants, or in season 1 qt blueberries (I used 3/4 cup raisins)
  • (I also added 2 splashes of brandy).

Mix soda and sour milk and add molasses. Cream butter, add sugar, then the egg;  sift remaining dry ingredients.  Combine mixtures, add currents or blueberries rolled in some of the flour.  Pour into buttered shallow pans and bake in a moderately hot oven, 350 degrees, 30 to 45 minutes.  Cover with icing.

Notes:  The mixture is pretty thick, but it puffs up a LOT, so don’t fill up the pans or you’ll get overflow.  Test the baking by seeing if a toothpick comes out clean.  I didn’t use icing.


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:

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