I had no idea there was this was going on; button collecting! The Colorado State Button Society puts on a button show every year. There are juried competitions and of course dealers and collectors go to buy. There are classes, lectures and workshops too. And, oh all the buttons. Beautiful buttons, everywhere. Old ones,very old ones, Bake-lite, glass, buttons from Germany, China, Egypt. The most expensive I saw was almost 2000.00. The cheapest was a quarter. That’s the bin I was in. Continue reading
Probably my favorite era for fashion is 1920’s. Check out this colorized video of 1920’s fashion and the music is really the bee’s knees. There is an orange coat that is stunning and could quite easily be copied. The coats have amazing linings. Love the hats, the music the fashion. How about you? Do you have a favorite era for inspiration?
I’ve been reading one of Edith Head’s biographies and have come to her work on What A Way To Go with Shirley MacClaine and Robert Mitchum as well as Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Dick Van Dyke. This 5 minute clip will give you a quick look at a few of the fabulous costumes from this movie. Apparently Mitchum and MacClaine were having an affair at the time so their constant I-love-you’s might not have been all that hard to utter. And, yes this is a movie for which her work was nominated for an Oscar for Costume Design. If you love costumes, Edith Head or just a silly movie this fits the bill. Check it out!
Here is a little dose of history. It’s over 9 minutes long but it’s quite interesting. At around 5:30 watch the human sewing machine!
With ads like this I’m surprised there wasn’t a mad rush to the local sewing machine shop. I just read up on the madness/genius of Stan Freberg from the wonderful blog The Automat. If you are interested in zany advertising campaigns check a few out here. Sure to elicit a giggle or two. The announcer in the Singer ads is Walter O’ Keefe, and his fast talking and irreverent humor reminded me of Freberg. Is the 21st century ready for ads like this?
And here is one more.
As seamstresses, quilters, crafters we use pins without any thought. Always at the ready, sitting in our little magnetic dishes. Only cursing them when we find a point stuck into a calloused toe like a small cocktail sword. They are used everyday we sew and are vital to making great garments, crafts and quilts. Here are a few things about the pin that you may not know. Continue reading
Here is a list of fabrics placed in order of easiest to handle to most difficult. What do you think? Some seamstresses find silk and other slippery fabrics easy to work with. I would love to hear your ideas on how to handle difficult fabrics.
Any disagreements here?
11. Bridal Satin
13. Lingerie satin
14. Pre-treated fabrics (water or fire-proof)