Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Why Sew with Nowhere to Go?

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Why Sew When the World is Ending?


For so many of us, sewing is about so much more than producing clothing to be worn. Everyone has a different reason for pursuing this hobby, what outsiders might say is frivolous or superfluous. Some enjoy the historical research, learning about the textiles used or the people who wore such attire, and why they did. Some enjoy the craft of it, while others enjoy the design or problem-solving. The wearing of is just the final icing on this layer cake of creativity.

But why sew when all events are cancelled? It is a massive bummer, indeed, to not be able to attend fairs, picnics, historic sites, battles, balls, and parties - but we are quite lucky, in our modern online world, to be able to show our creations on social media. We've adapted as best we could - silhouette parties and costume gatherings on Zoom keep some of the magic alive, however small that sparkle may be right now.

Perhaps most importantly, historical costuming engages our brains. Curiosity and creation are vital to survival; that seems more apparent than ever. It's also harder than ever, with so much anxiety about the state of the world, followed by depression and malaise.

In our sewing, though, is there not resistance and rebellion? Continuing to create and do so looking towards a brighter future seems revolutionary right now, but we are holding out. The world may not "go back" to the way it was in the BeforeTimes, but when this storm is over and we can meet again, my what a fabulous choice of dress we shall each have.
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Friday, October 16, 2020

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Meet the New Pompadour 18th Century Shoes


This season, we're proud to finally introduce the new and improved Pompadour 18th Century Court Shoes! We've made a few changes to this classic, curvaceous style.
The Pompadours have been one of our most popular designs since 2012, particularly with theaters. The pointed toes and curvy heels are just so iconic for the first half of the 18th century. Over the years we've received feedback on what we could do to improve them, particularly for dancers, so this year, with all of the re-tooling and redeveloping we've been doing with changing factories, we had the opportunity to implement these changes.

The major one is the new heel shape. Nicole carved the new heels by hand, referencing original heels, which have the most amazing curves on all sides, including the breast of the heel. We've never been able to achieve that inward curve on the inside of the heel before, but we made it happen this time, and the shoes are just *chef's kiss* with that little detail.



We've also greatly improved the last, which now has a better instep curve (the top of the foot), creating an elegant shape on the foot. The shoes are altogether more comfortable with this improved fit.

The last change is that we are finally offering Pompadours in leather! Now Pomps can and should be worn for all occasions indoors and out, and will withstand plenty of weather and terrain. The white leather Pompadours are dyeable and paintable as well.


I am personally very proud of the changes and updates we've made to these beautiful shoes. I hope you enjoy them too! Pompadours are currently in production and will be landing in our warehouse in late November. You can reserve your pair here
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Motivation to Sew in the Time of Coronavirus

A 1930s UFO - it's not made well, but it's made!

The year thus far has been a rollercoaster (understatement), and my sewing adventures have been rather manic-depressive - great big swings between "sew all the things" and "I haven't entered my sewing room in longer than I can remember."

A lot of us are feeling this way right now. I'm on a semi-upswing of sewing. I do about a good day's worth, then lose energy to continue, but even in that stripped-back way I'm getting things done, and drawing benefit from the creative time.

My "big" project of 2020 - pulling this 1760s sacque out of its plastic bag and pushing it through to completion.

I don't have tips for you on how to re-energize and get back to sewing. I'd just like to share the things I've made this year, and what I'm kindof working on right now...

Things I've Made/Finished...

Things I'm Working On/Intend to Finish...
1730s Robe Volante in progress - this is pretty much a hot mess at the moment.

I guess that's not so bad for this year! Most of my projects are UFOs. I enjoy "fixing" things, though finding the motivation to pick up and seam-rip into a roadblocked old project is challenging. I greatly enjoy seeing something rise from the dead and come to fruition.

1890s Shirtwaist. I look hopeful for the future. LOL.

If you too have lost your sewing mojo, I encourage you to make a list of everything and anything you've made this year. It doesn't even have to be sewing-related. I've cooked *a lot* this year, and I get the same creative buzz from cooking.

Have you grown a garden?
Baked?
Made masks?
Gotten out of bed? (most mornings, some mornings?)
Put on makeup or done your hair?

Just surviving this year is accomplishment enough. <3
 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Pre-Order, Part Deux, Is Open!


Well, this is certainly a first! Due to popular demand, we're popping open another pre-order for the sold-out styles in the F/W2020 collection - Londoner, Bernadette, Gibson, and Tango Boots.

The 2nd pre-order is open October 1 - 16, 2020.

The $20/pair discount applies through October 16th.

We're offering the full extended size range - US women's 5 - 12 - and ordering is fully and completely *unlimited* through October 16th.

ALL colors of Londoner, Bernadette, Gibson, and Tango are on offer again. This is the first time we've been able to offer such a selection, so we hope there's something to tickle your tootsies this season.

Estimated delivery is February 2021.

Check it all out on our glimmering new website at

Beautiful Bernadette Oxfords designed in collaboration with Bernadette Banner

Classic Gibson Edwardian Shoes - just so practical and comfortable, and now in more colors too

Tango Boots - the sexiest granny boots of all time.



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