What We’ll Be Wearing Next Year

So I was on Getty Images looking for some historic photos, when my eye was caught by an actual current event.  It is Fashion Week in China, and apparently all the industry-related universities… Continue reading

So This Happened…

Spot the difference: You may be saying to yourself, “My, isn’t that a lovely modern deck, much better than the previous one?” And you’d be right.   The old deck was built about… Continue reading

Laura I. Baldt and Clothing for Women

One of the vintage textile manuals I have is Clothing for Women: Selection, Design, and Construction by Laura I. Baldt, published by Lippincott in 1916 and 1924.   Baldt was an associate professor… Continue reading

Glimpses of Textiles in Old Novels, Part Two

Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country is a coming-of-age story set in the Lake Champlain area in the 1800s.  The story starts when the narrator, Willy, is 6 years old and… Continue reading

Glimpses of Textiles in Old Novels

The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner (1851) is the story of a young girl who is sent to live with an unwelcoming aunt, while her parents go to Europe hoping to return… Continue reading

Mystery Textile

In my last few posts, I have told about some great textiles I came across at a local antique show.  The nice lady in the booth with the quilt top told me she… Continue reading

Serendipity

When I go to antique shows, I am likely to go on the first day, browse a little bit, make my purchase, and leave within an hour or two.  I have never gone… Continue reading

Rose Overshot Coverlet

This year is flying by and I have yet to finish a project, but I am buying enough textiles to make up the difference! This past week, my sister and great-nephew visited, through… Continue reading

Textile Treasures

A most generous reader, Ranger Elaine, has sent me some wonderful treasures from her collection. The star of the show is this tiny silk-covered accordion book with quilt scraps in it.  Elaine thinks… Continue reading

Design Advice from the Dress Doctors

I cannot adequately express how much I love this book The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. Author Linda Przybyszewski tells the story of the early 20th century… Continue reading