Sewing Marking Tools

Sewing Marking Tools

One thing I quickly learned when I started sewing, is that it usually takes nearly as long to properly mark and cut out a garment as it does to do the actual sewing. And if you don’t have the sewing marking tools it can take even longer. None of the tools are expensive and most…

On Making My Own Clothes
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On Making My Own Clothes

One of the first things that happens what people find out that I sew is that they ask “do you make your own clothes?  Did you make what you’re wearing now?”  I know people mean well, but I really hate that question. The thing is, most of the sewing I’ve done hasn’t been for myself….

Corsets and Crinolines
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Corsets and Crinolines

There are a few books that come up over and over again when I talk to people about historic costuming. Nora Waugh’s Corsets and Crinolines, originally published in 1954, is one of them.  While it had been republished periodically over the decades, when I last tried to get my hands on a copy it was…