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Historical Clothing related fun!

Romantic Era straw bonnet

This lovely Romantic Era straw bonnet is headed to a museum in Pennsylvania as part of a larger commission. This straw bonnet features gingham ribbon, paper flowers, and silk ties.

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Research- upcoming 1890s project

I am currently doing research on the dress styles of rural American women in the 1890s. I will be designing clothing based upon garments from photographs. Here are a few favorites:

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Source: Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

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Source: University of Nebraska- Lincoln


Source: Conneticut Historical Society


Source: Old Photos


Source: Ohio Historical Society


I recently made 2 WWII Era WASP hats for the Arizona Commemorative Airforce Air Base Museum in Mesa, Arizona. The beret is based upon a pattern I developed a few years ago and is made of wool. The cap is based upon images I was able to locate from period photographs and one other museum display photo. The cap is made of blue denim cotton.




Image source:

The hats were commissioned for display in the museum’s gift shop.



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Source: Jill McLane Baker/Kalamazoo Gazette, July 17, 2010

A blog award

I would like to thank Alison Boulton over at Thread-Headed Snippet for awarding me the Versatile Blogger award!  Alison is a fellow Southern blogger and has the most enlightening and humorous blog about historical sewing I have encountered to date! Thank you again for choosing my blog as one of your favorites!



Rules- Share 7 things about yourself:

1. I live on a farm. Our current four legged family members include 2 horses, 3 llamas, 6 hens, 2 ducks, 3 dogs (4 if you count the neighbor dog who spends 95% of her time here), 4 cats, and one bunny rabbit!

2. I am a stay at home mom. I have a husband and preschool age daughter.

3. My claim to fame/shame is when I was 19 I rearranged the furniture in a historic home I was the costumed interpreter for. Because the way they had it did not make historical sense and because I was YOUNG AND STUPID! Fortunately, everyone had a laugh about it and I learned a very important lesson that day. Never presume to know everything. This is a lesson that continues with me today.

4. I wanted to be a veterinarian. However after college A&P, I changed my major to history and became a vegetarian! Yikes!

5. I wear my corset while sewing. It helps reduce the blood flow to my brain which in turn reduces the urge to second guess myself and commence to ripping apart everything I just spent hours putting together (because it really was just fine the way I made it the first time).

6. I would not like to have lived back then. Really.

7. I am Southern to the core. (No, not like the “Hell ya! The South will rise again!” kind of Southern.) Think Steel Magnolias. Being Southern carries with it a distinct way of thinking, behaving, and interacting with others. And no, I do not think the world would be a better place if the South had won the war.

Share blogs you like to read (in no particular order):

Thread-Headed Snippet

Defunct Fashion

Fashion is my Muse

FIDM Museum

Genesee Country Village and Museum

Jane Austen’s World

 Kleidung um 1800

Life Takes Lemons

Natalie Garbett

Past Perfect Vintage

The Mended Soul

Commitment to Costumes

Contemporary Issues- American Civil War reenacting

confedatticIn 1998, Tony Horwitz ruffled the feathers of American Civil War reenacting hobbyists with his tale of a journey across the American South in search of answers to why people are obsessed with a war that happened over 150 years ago and nearly destroyed our nation. His bestseller was well received amongst literary critics but harshly condemned amongst the reenacting community.

Now, Atlanta based photographer, Anderson Scott is shaking things up again with his new photography collection entitled Whistling Dixie. Here are a few images from his new book. (all images courtesy The Huffington Post- April 12, 2013).

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Picture 10 Picture 16More about this collection at

Blog award- Thank You!

    Last year, Labluebonnet over at Teacups Among the Fabric listed my blog as one of her top five favorites. A very big belated thank you! As part of the award, she requested answers to a few questions. Here they are:
    1.What is your favorite part of costuming? The creativity it requires. I begin with an initial sketch or idea but do not like to be too rigid in my designs. I love when garments evolve as I am working on them.


    2. What inspires you most about costuming? The next project. Making the same thing over and over again is torture.
    3. What is your favorite costuming resource? Just one? Here are my top three! The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tasha Tudor Costume Collection, and Costume In Detail by Nancy Bradfield.
    4.  What is your favorite costume that you made? Not really a costume but last year I made mommy and me dresses for our anniversary party.


    5. What is your favorite era? Initially, the 1890s. Now the 1840s.
    6. Why is that your favorite era? When I was younger, I was passionate about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. I loved the intricate tucking and lace insertions of the 1890s-1900s. Now I love the clean uncomplicated lines of the 1840s.

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    7. What advice would you give to a beginning costumer? Don’t compare yourself to others. Tap into your own creativity and never- ever- ever take yourself too seriously.

8. What is one historical garment would you like to learn that you do not yet know how to make? Men’s jackets. Tailoring boggles my mind.

    9. What one word best describes your fabric stash? Excessive.


    10. How did you get involved in costuming? Childhood imagination. I guess I just haven’t grown up yet.
    11. Do you have a favorite yearly costuming event? I work with our local National Park Service on special events. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of opportunity for costumed events in our area.


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History Myths Debunked! New book on the market!

Did you ever wonder if all those weird and crazy stories and superstitions from the past are really true? Well, now you can read the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in paperback form!

One of my favorite bloggers has a new book out!

Congratulations! What a wonderful addition to any history guru’s bookshelf!

Order the book at:

Or to access all her debunked myths, please visit her blog: