So, I've tried blogging before, and have had various amounts of success, when the Thimble (my usual partner in crime- best friend and the ever more practical and all around better half to the living history whole) recommended that maybe I would have more success writing about my passion: historical fashion, etc.
The husband seconded this motion, and so here I sit with a sewing room full of pieces calling my name. I'm not one to usually follow the progression of my creations, so I think this will be an interesting experiment.
Well, let's just get this out there. I am a historical fashion lover and a living history nut. By lover I mean fanatic. By fanatic I mean it's an illness really. There should probably be medication or a place where they put people like me... (I prefer to think of it as a really nice, big, workshop with lots and lots of period correct fabric, books, and museum pieces to reference...). I am in love with authenticity and if I had no other tasks to perform in my life I would sew everything by hand in natural daylight in authentic reproduction clothing (so some of my associates may think I'm crazy, but I love it!). However, due to lack of time and the pressing need for clothing, sometimes I stray: I admit that I do use a modern sewing machine for lots of things (inside seams, occasional blind hems, stay channels). I do own an 1886 pedal machine, but need to repair a belt so that I can use it to make my post 1886 garments.
I am a stickler for natural fibers. While this makes it difficult for me to shop at the local fabric store, I do find a lot of really good sources for all natural fibers comparable to their historical counterparts through specialty retailers and the internet. Trim, however, is always a challenge. And don't even get me started on lace. Uhg! I certainly do not know everything, but love learning new stuff. I dig primary sources the most. They rock my world.
Anyhow, it's all part of who I am and what I love. So I thought I might put some of that our there for other people like me. I mean, I'm not the only one, right?