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Diane Ingino, NY, US

craft interests: fashion, restyle, sewing

Gender: Female

Birthday: 09/22/2017

Member Since: 08/13/2014

recent comments

Re: Working with Vintage Patterns

The declaration in the article that "women were built differently in the past" is rather silly, and made me guffaw out loud! No, of course, women came in all shapes and sizes just as we do now and have done for eons. I could not believe that statement got past the editors. And to brocadegoddess - thank you for your comment!

Of course, foundation garments changed throughout history to accommodate the fashions that were popular. Before the 1920s, corsets cinched the waist and emphasized the bust; in the 1920s, corsets and long line girdles flattened the bust and de-emphasized the waist by smoothing the waist and hips, as a straight line was more desirable (in addition, the 1920s was the first time suspenders were attached to girdles and corsets to attach to and hold up stockings. Prior to that, garters were worn around each individual leg - so we can thank flapper era fashion for today's garter belts!). The lines and styles of popular fashions of each era were also influenced in no small part the changes in modes of transportation and increased mobility for women of all ranks in society.

Personally, I prefer using patternless instructions to make vintage garments based on my measurements. I just mark the fabric and cut - no patterns needed!

Re: Huge Handbags Giveaway!

I had some nice patterns for handbags and can't find them anymore. makes me sad, because I never got to make them and have no idea where they are, LOL! Guess I have to start all over - I would love to try some new templates for creating a few interesting handbags!