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San Franciso, CA, US

I have self-published nine books on historic costume through my company, Lavolta Press. Over 60 of my articles on sewing and vintage clothes have appeared in national magazines, such as Threads, Sew News, and Antique Trader Weekly. I have been a how-to writer and editor since 1983. I have worked for book publishers, magazine publishers, and software companies; I have written a number of user manuals and coauthored a computer book.

I have substantial formal education in researching social history and in clothing design. In 1974 I began making historical reproductions for periods from the Renaissance into the 1920s; I try to schedule regular sewing time in addition to that required by her writing projects. Since 1972, I have collected vintage clothing and accessories from the late 18th century into the mid 20th.

craft interests: crochet, fashion, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 01/04/2012

recent comments

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

I'd like to try draping Vionnet dresses.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

I've never worked with flax in terms of preparing it for spinning, or spinning the yarn. When I used to do hand weaving, I did use linen yarn at times. Now my primary crafts are sewing and dyeing (both almost entirely with natural fibers), and linen is my favorite fabric.

Re: Unlocking the Mysteries of Historical Costume

I can't say whether this will continue, but in the past, about once a year, Your Wardrobe Unlock'd offers a free trial subscription for two or three days. They keep all the old articles on the website and just keep adding new, so you can read everything with your trial subscription.


Re: Explore the Golden Age of Couture Online

I've always thought the golden age of couture was the Victorian and Edwardian eras . . . but those styles are not as trendy right now as mid-20th-century ones.

Re: Explore the Fashions of Titanic's Passengers

Cherlyn, I remember the 1980s with great fondness. I wore Ralph Lauren styles with original Edwardian blouses, petticoats, and drawers. I wore reproduction button shoes and big Edwardian hats. I got to wear all this to work every day (as a senior editor for a book publisher) and it was high style, not offbeat. Now I have to be content with being "boho."

Re: Explore the Fashions of Titanic's Passengers

If only I lived in Los Angeles instead of San Francisco!

Re: Sew Vintage with The 1912 Project

I've used many historic and vintage sewing patterns of various kinds. I'm not going to participate in this project because I already have many original issues of La Mode Illustree from the 1910s, but right now, not enough time to disentangle, translate instructions, and sew from the pattern sheets that accompany them. But, it's really interesting and encouraging to see so much enthusiasm about this project!