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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    To view Lahbluebonnet’s blog, please hop on over to http://teacupsamongthefabric.blogspot.com/

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.

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