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Historic vs Historical

Monday’s Mishmash: Historic vs Historical We all love historic costuming. . . . Or do we? I always thought the words “historic” and “historical” were interchangeable, but as a writer, I should have known better! Here’s what the words actually … Continue reading

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Meet Gladys

Monday’s Mish-Mash: Meet Gladys Life is change, or so the saying goes. Sometimes we’re resistant to change because we’re stubborn, or because we’re set in our ways and are afraid something new will upset the balance of things. But every … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Undergarments: Bloomers, Pantaloons, or Drawers?

Monday’s Mish-Mash: Ladies’ Undergarments: Bloomers, Pantaloons, or Drawers? Women’s drawers have frequently been misidentified. All it takes is a quick search of eBay and you’ll find plenty of Victorian drawers that have been mislabeled. So, what’s the difference between bloomers, … Continue reading

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Switching to a Computerized Sewing Machine

Monday’s Mish-Mash: Switching to a Computerized Sewing Machine For years, I had a regular sewing machine. You know, the kind with knobs and dials to adjust the tension and stitches. It was very basic, but quite a workhorse. I used … Continue reading

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A Plethora of Petticoats

Women have worn petticoats for centuries. We still do, in a manner of speaking. They’re no longer made of cotton (usually) but our modern half-slips are the equivalent of the historic petticoat. Until the 19th century, a petticoat was simply … Continue reading

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When an Old Friend Bites the Dust

Monday’s Mish Mash When an Old Friend Bites the Dust Last year, my sewing machine started skipping stitches. At first, it was just one stitch, every so often. Nothing to worry about, right? Then it started skipping more frequently. A … Continue reading

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All About Me: III

Monday’s Mish-Mash All About Me: III What is my workspace like? Some sewers are meticulously organized. They have countless little boxes, each labeled with its contents: ribbon, thread, lace, buttons, trim, elastic, patterns, etc. Others are chaotically disorganized. They claim … Continue reading

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All About Me: II

Monday’s Mish-Mash All About Me: II What kind of training have you had? Basically, I’m a self-taught kind of person. I love learning, but because of poor health, I had to take correspondence classes for High School. At seventeen I … Continue reading

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All About Me, pt. I

Monday’s Mish-Mash All About Me: Part I How Long Have You Been Sewing? I began sewing at the precocious age of four. The first thing I made was a hand sewn dress for my Barbie® doll. No one showed me … Continue reading

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Sewing Kitties—A Cautionary Tale

Monday’s Mish-Mash Sewing Kitties—A Cautionary Tale Visit almost any sewing blog or journal and you’ll find mention of the resident mascot—most often a cat, who likes to supervise the sewing process and who occasionally helps by sitting on piles of … Continue reading

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