Every once in a while I accumulate a little pile of interesting tidbits that aren’t big enough for a post apiece, but that I really want to share with you.
First off, the latest issue of Glory Days, the New Zealand vintage magazine, is out. The theme is ‘Victorian Christmas’ so there are all sort of fun goodies, from instructions on how to make Christmas Crackers, to an article on one of the few New Zealand living history museums.
In addition to my feature on corset history (page 64) I was interviewed about my collection for the Other People’s Wardrobes (page 59) feature, though ‘Wardrobe’ is bit of a mis-nomer in my case, as I don’t wear most of my collection!
Here is one of the images I took for the corset article:
Be sure to like Glory Days on Facebook to get notifications of new issues and other fun stuff!
Moving on to the next bit, remember the charming vintage sun-frocks I made for S back in July? She sent me photos of the dresses on and I’ve just been so busy I haven’t shown you yet, which is rather remiss of me as she’s adorable in them!
Seeing frocks on bodies is so different to seeing them on mannequins, isn’t it? That’s part of why reproducing historic dresses is so important to me: it really shows you what history looked like in it’s own time, and how those frocks affected how you lived and moved.
That also reminds me that I should review the patterns on the pattern review site…
And finally, for a little visual pogey bait, here are some of the bits and bobs that I picked up at op-shops on a recent road trip:
A rainbow of vintage threads:
Not this one though. This one I want to make up exactly as it is shown, in yellow and grey plaid, with a grey coat with a yellow lining. And then in the green floral!:
And zips to put in the frocks I’ll be making. And bias binding, because you can never have too much bias binding:
And more threads, and un-dye, just in case I ever need it again:
And gorgeous bits of vintage lace and trim for embellishing frocks and trimming undergarments:
And proper braces! (or suspenders – depending on which vocabulary set you are using). It’s so hard to find real button-on braces, and I found THREE all in one op-shop. Mr D had better watch out!
And finally, books, books, and more books:
Because after all that sewing, I’m going to need a little mental break!