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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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CorsetsandCrinolines.com

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.

Fabric Outlet Sale

Fabric Outlet in San Francisco is having a 40% off everything sale from now until October 11th.

Fabric Outlet is similar to Discount Fabrics and has a very nice selection of both fabric and notions. The last time I was there I picked up some gorgeous fake flowers for very cheap – great for little hair moments.

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Great Sewing Blogs

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!

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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.

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Purse Makeover

I am the mother of a not-quite-two-year-old. As such, I just can’t wear single-shoulder purses anymore. Add to that the dearth of not-ugly crossbody purses and it led me to take matters into my own hands.
I found an acceptable brown “pleather” hobo bag at my local Ross. Next, I decided on a colorful striped grosgrain ribbon for the strap that coordinated well with the brown of the “pleather” and some cute brown and blue gingham ribbon for the small zipper pulls. I picked up some black cotton strapping (also called webbing) to reinforce and cushion the ribbon. I chose strapping that was slightly narrower than the ribbon. This made the strap easier to assemble.
The first step was to cut off the old short strap and remove the “pleather” zipper pulls. I then sewed two 4 ft lengths of ribbon together, stitching as close to the edges as possible. The pieces were longer than I needed but I wanted to have extra just in case. The finished length of the strap was 3 feet. I then fed the strapping into the pocket made by the the two ribbons. I set the strapping about 1 inch back from the ends of the ribbon. This allowed the folds at the ends to be much less bulky and to look prettier. I folded the ribbon around the rings and applied two rows of stitching. I used the leftover grosgrain ribbon to create a large zipper pull for the main compartment. I cut the end at an angle and used a line of very tight stitches at the edge to keep it from fraying and attached it with a 3/8 inch jump ring. Lastly I tied the gingham ribbon to the zippers of the small compartments and, voila! Done. The perfect summery crossbody sling purse.

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I’m very excited to have learned a new word today: chatelaine. I was familiar with its use to describe a person but had never encountered an object with that name. I’m not sure how I got through a costume history education without ever acquiring that bit of information, but there you have; you learn something new every day.

According to Wikipedia, a chatelaine is a chain or series of chains worn by a woman at her waist to hold a variety of useful items like scissors, keys, etc. Chatelaines seem to be at their most popular in the mid-19th century.

You can buy your own chatelaine at the Smoke & Fire Company (www.smoke-fire.com).

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