My name is Lauren and I’m the one-woman team behind Wearing History. Well, that’s not true entirely- I’m lucky that my ever-patient husband is also a graphics whiz, fellow history nerd, and shipping master!
I began sewing when I was around eight years old and started studying fashion history and collecting vintage clothing when I was around fourteen years old. This has been a life-long passion and I love working vintage into my everyday life.
I don’t dress vintage every day (a girl’s gotta love a tee and sweat pants sometimes), but I do enjoy the quality of vintage furniture and aesthetic of decor and fashion. I am, however, very happy to live in current times!
If there’s something I have learned about sewing and fashion history, it’s that there is always more to learn. Just as soon as you’ve settled into “they never…” you find an obscure little tidbit that says that they did! I find that rather fun. Costume history can be like a treasure hunt in that way. Sewing is the same way for me, and I love learning and discovering new ways to do things.
I have a degree in Fashion Design and also studied Costume Design for Film and Television. Since graduation I have done some costume design and stylist work and worked both as a stitcher and first hand- notably at the San Diego Opera and La Jolla Playhouse. I’m very thankful to have been backed successfully in 2014 for a ready to wear clothing line of my own design that was made locally.
I currently make sewing patterns based on vintage originals from the 1890s to the 1950s. Visit my site here for printed patterns. E-Patterns to download and print at home are available in my Etsy Shop. I sometimes offer vintage items on there as well.
We are very much a micro-business and do almost every aspect of Wearing History ourselves. We enjoy sharing our passion for the technical history of dressmaking. This blog is an extension of that passion, where I geek out over period publications and lost resources of dress history.
This blog is a journal of my journey with sewing and costume history, including research, my personal projects, endeavors, and miscellaneous adventures. Thanks for stopping by!