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Kingston, ON, CA

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, quilting, restyle, sewing, history of dress

Gender: Female

Birthday: 09/29/1977

Member Since: 05/04/2009

recent comments

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

This IS pretty cool. But not so original as all that. Try a google image search for Pearly Kings and/or Pearly Queens. They've been doing pretty much this - and on a way grander scale - for over a century!

Re: "Kwik" to Sew and Easy to Wear

I L-O-V-E those sailor shorts as well! I believe I will add them to my summer sewing this year, whee!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

I want! I want!

Re: Tapestry and denim jacket

Oh, this is just gorgeous!

Re: Corsette and skirt

What a delicious outfit! Although you don't have a close-up photo of the skirt do you? It looks so clean and lovely it would be nice to see a closer shot of it.

Just a point of minutiae: it's 'corset', not 'corsette' (in English at least), pronounced like 'corsit'. I admit it, I'm a vocabulary snob!

I hope you don't mind if I add this to a folder I keep on my computer of inspirational images!

Re: Working with Vintage Patterns

This is a really great article! Although I'm quite familiar with using vintage patterns already there were a couple tid bits I hadn't thought of before. And this will be uber helpful to those starting out!

I'd like to point out one prissy detail though. The reason that some of the proportions of vintage patterns/garments are different from those of today has to do with undergarments, not the way women were built. Humans have been built the same way for about 2 million years now. What was different in the fashion periods up to the 60s were foundation garments - pretty much all women wore them. These modify the body's natural shape and did different things to it depending on the time period. 1920s foundation garments were geared towards creating the boyishly streamlined and angular silhouette then popular. In the 1950s it was the opposite: emphasizing and creating curves and hourglass figures.

So a note to people venturing into vintage patterns: don't expect it to look *exactly* like the envelope/illustration unless you're willing to wear foundation garments similar to those of the period, or at least those that will create a similar effect.

This doesn't mean it won't still look fabulous, it just may not have exactly the same silhouette.

Thanks again for a great tutorial!