A Bit of Victorian Fashion for You

By on April 11, 2014

I have recently been cleaning out some of my hoard of sewing patterns and books and thought you all might enjoy a few “fashion plates”.

Above is the fashion plate for Peterson’s February 1879. It is the whole reason I started collecting Victorian fashion magazines. I completely fell in love with the black ensemble second from the right.

I love the green and pink in this fashion plate. Fashion plates are all hand colored, so they the colors can sometimes vary depending on the lady who painted them.

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Discoveries in a Victorian Trunk

By on February 21, 2014

Hi everyone! I have been lurking more than posting these days, but I recently made a discovery I couldn’t keep to myself.

I just love Craigslit. I check it with enthusiasm daily. A few weeks ago a man posted that his wife’s Grandmother’s trunk had been found in the attic and it was full of Victorian clothing. Not just any Victorian clothing I would soon find out, but some as old as 1840. I was stoked. The only thing I didn’t like about the listing was that it said to make an offer, which is something I HATE to do. Not because I’m uncomfortable doing it, but you can never tell if people are going to be offended with what you offer them, weather or not it is a fair or more than fair price.

So I made an offer and he took it! So I drove the 1.5 hrs across the state and picked up my lovely trunk contents (he kept the trunk, which was fine with me!) I am a happy girl!

Here are a few bits of eye candy. See more on my blog!

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1950s Swimsuit!

By on April 20, 2013

I haven’t posted here in a long while. We have been going through a crazy move, and we still aren’t finished. We aren’t even sure where we will end up! There are possibilities of other states and all kinds of things! But I digress.

I recently found a Rose Marie Reid swimsuit from the 1950s and an estate sale. It is SUPER fabulous, and it even fits me like a glove! And then today while fooling around on the internet I found what is supposed to be a 1956 Ad for Rose Marie Reid! I think it’s my swimsuit in the AD! How awesome is that??? Of course, the one in the ad is somewhat different with no white trim, but otherwise it looks exactly the same!

Rose Marie Reid Ad

My Suit!

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A Bustle & Cleaning Out

By on September 11, 2012

I am so excited to have made my first bustle of the season 🙂 It’s Victorian/Steampunk in the most lovely shade of Antler (this was the color name on the bolt) of twill you ever saw!

Ok, so I went a little crazy with the fringe, but that can be a good thing right?

I think “Antler” and black go lovely together. I think this may be my new favorite color combo.

I also thought you guys might be interested in seeing what kind of things I’m cleaning off my cluttered and crammed bookshelf. I have discovered original tissue pattern supplements from Godey’s Lady’s book, 1917 Dressmaking books, a Singer Classroom book, 1950’s pattern drafting and more! More on my blog.

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Singer 15-125 Mint Green Machine

By on September 3, 2012

Aesthetically speaking this is one of my favorite sewing machines. I just adore the green color, and the body shape, which is oh so Mid Century. I found it last week while browsing Craigslist.

Singer 15-125

The machine is basically a 15-91 with a makeover. It was only made for a short period of time before Singer started pushing it’s 400, 500 and 600 series machines, and stopped production of the majority of it’s early straight stitch models.

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Vintage Singer 503 Sewing machine

By on June 29, 2012

If you’re like me you’re a sucker for Vintage appliances. Of course, the appliances I love the most are Sewing Machines.

This morning I came across a Singer 503 tucked away in a closet at an Estate Sale. It was even in the original case! <3 Singer 500 cases tend to be hard to find, I think, because they were typically put in sewing tables upon original purchase.

Anyway, the machine was a little dirty, but with a little elbow grease she cleaned right up and Sews, well, like a Singer sewing machine. Tee hee.

To read a little more about this beauty come on over to my blog! I hope to see you there!

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