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For a limited time, get 50% off Super Sale bras at BreakoutBras.com. Enter “SuperSale” in the coupon field.

Breakout Bras is my all time favorite place to shop for bras. They have an excellent selection in both styles and sizes. They carry a large variety of bras from the UK which, as you may know, boast a much vaster array of cup/chest circumference combinations than do US companies. They always provide free shipping and their prices are incredibly competitive. Plus, if you get on their mailing list, you get notified of their frequent sales. They also carry undies, cute nursing bras, and bra-size-specific swimwear.

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Dark Garden’s Rummage Sale
www.DarkGarden.com
Sunday
July 17th
11 – 5pm
321 Linden St., (between Octavia & Gough)
San Francisco, Ca

Dark Garden’s Rummage Sale is a sight to be seen. Store-wide clearances of off the floor Ready-To-Wear corsets, clothing, fabric remnants, costume pieces, and Custom Corset orders.

Best of all, this is the only time they sell Custom Corsets from their archive as well as “Cinderella” Corsets—those that were ordered and never picked up (can you imagine?) and gently used corsets being sold by those who feel it’s time to re-vamp their wardrobe.

Do you have a corset that has served you well over the years, but for whatever reason, you just don’t wear anymore? This is your chance to sell that corset. In order to have everything ready in time, Dark Garden will be accepting consignment corsets July 3-16. They are happy to help you decide on a price.

Call Dark Garden for details or if you have any questions (415) 431-7684.

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Amazon Dry Goods
www.AmazonDryGoods.com
This seller of Victorian ephemera is going out of business. The owner is ill and sales are down so they’re selling off their stock at deep discounts. A huge portion of what they sell is books and patterns but they also carry shoes, undergarments (hoops, stockings, camisoles, etc.), detachable collars, accessories of all sorts and Civil War reenactment props. There is a bunch of stuff that looks very steampunk. They have finally put their catalogs on the website (so you don’t have to buy them!). Take a look while you still can.

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Greenberg and Hammer
www.greenberg-hammer.com
Greenberg and Hammer was a New York City Garment District landmark shop that sold every kind of sewing supply you could possibly imagine (many that weren’t even made anymore but had been languishing on their shelves for years). Visiting their store was always a memorable experience. It was full to over-flowing and not always that clean, but it had that old New York charm that is becoming rarer and rarer. It will be missed.

This article from Crain’s offers some paltry details.

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If you haven’t checked out www.CorsetsandCrinolines.com, you should do so right away. They sell vintage and antique clothes. Their selection of mid-century underpinnings (garters, bras, hose, girdles, etc.) is divine. The only downside is that they are located in Great Britain. They do ship to the US but when you have to pay in pounds and add the cost of shipping, it becomes a little more than the average girl can cough up.

On the plus side, they have a very nice timeline of fashion from the beginning of the Victorian Era through the end of the Edwardian, complete with photos of actual garments from their collection. This is a great costume history reference to keep in your back pocket.

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Farthingales Corset Blog (farthingalescorsetblog.blogspot.com)
Linda Sparks literally wrote the book on how to make a corset (The Basics of Corset Building). She owns the sewing supply company Farthingales, originally based in Canada, they also have a location in Los Angeles. Farthingales specializes in corset supplies. Her blog mostly consists of announcements for the various classes she and others in her company teach. But check out her other sites for great info like the Tips and Tricks page on her L.A. website.

Good Quick Cheap (www.goodquickcheap.net)
David T. Howard is a professor and resident costume designer at the University of Rhode Island. His blog focuses on costume design and construction. He posts lots of pictures of vintage and antique clothing from the school’s stock. He also posts some of his design renderings and the photos of the corresponding finished garments. This is a great resource for anyone interested in costume design.

Oh So Happy Together (ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com)
Jessica obviously loves to sew for her daughter. This blog is full of tutorials on fun kid- and adult-oriented craft and sewing projects. One of my favorites is The Dress Up Skirt (i.e. Tutu). I also love the photos of a gorgeous, vintage inspired, girl’s sailor dress she made.

The Sassy Crafter (sassycrafter.blogspot.com)
is “a writer and crafty gal who loves transforming old things into hip new accessories for you and your home.” Her blog consists of stories and projects about a mix of sewing and crafts. She writes excellent tutorials with thorough instructions and informative photos. Some of my favorites are The DIY Bobbin Organizer, The Executive Chef Apron, and The Re-purposed Top.

Sew Retro (sewretro.blogspot.com)
You probably already know all about this gem. Members post their vintage inspired creations. There are a lot of posts that are just ads trying to get you to visit a member’s personal blog but this is actually a decent way to find other interesting sewing blogs and project tutorials. Members also post about occasional freebies and give-aways.

Threadbanger (www.threadbanger.com)
Threadbanger is a video blog that focuses on DIY sewing projects. Some are fashion related and some are about home decorating. The videos are made by the Threadbanger staff, by guest artists, and by viewers. So, if you have a super cool tutorial you want to send them, you might be featured on a future episode!

Custom Costumes

Photo Gallery

Sewing lessons

sarah@sarahbeata.net

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Save the Date

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
www.darkgarden.com

July 11th is the Annual Rummage Sale!
From 11 AM to 5 PM
321 Linden Street, San Francisco CA, 94102
Sometimes there are good deals to be had but you never know until you get there. They have promised “goodies galore” this year.

Custom Costumes

Photo Gallery

Sewing lessons

sarah@sarahbeata.net

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