December 4, 2012
Hello! My name is Savannah and I’ve been dabbling in historical sewing just about as long as I’ve been sewing (roughly 14-16 years by now). I don’t know that I have a favorite time period, though I have made various Medieval and Reformation costumes, and 1770′s, 1860′s, and 1950′s outfits (I was blessed with a wonderful find of original ’50′s Vogue patterns in my size a couple of years ago!!!). I feel like I am forgetting something, but I am not quite sure that Roman “draperies” actually count in the sewing department…. Anyways, I love sewing clothing and have made a fair number of my own clothes–but I particularly enjoy the challenge of historical sewing, of making things that fit right and which do not misrepresent history, even if the materials I have to work with are not exactly “authentic” (I cannot afford such!).
I have grown up looking at art books as well as reading history and philosophy (I’m really not much into light “historical” fiction or movies )–so, even though I tend to be fairly serious about what I’m doing, I take great delight in it and am not a total perfectionist. And I am not afraid to try new things!
Very recently, my sister and I have gotten involved in War Between the States reenacting (aka American Civil War). I just completed my ball gown and am about to embark on one for my sister here very soon. Of course, as usual, I am going to alter an existing pattern…and, for the very first time, going to try drafting from an original line drawing pattern out of a book…but perhaps that is a topic for another thread!
Also, I am mid-stream in an attempt to begin a small business doing custom historical costumes–particularly geared to the American reenactor. My website is not finished yet as of this date, so maybe I shouldn’t tell, but there I am known as Liberty Seamstress……
I am glad to be here and truly look forward to my time here!!!
November 4, 2012
Hello Savannah and welcome to the board!
You will learn much from the ladies here and we hope you will teach us also.
Your find of original ’50′s Vogue patterns sounds like a dream! The artwork on the envelopes alone must be great to study!
We look forward to seeing your new gowns!
October 30, 2012
Welcome, Savannah! It sounds like you have some beautiful projects to share, and I look forward to seeing your website when it is ready! Will you please let us know when it’s up and running?
December 4, 2012
Thank you all!
Yes, I hope to learn much here and look forward to joining the “community”!
Oh, I do love the fashion illustration of the ’30′s through to the ’50′s particularly! So, yes, those patterns are worth much to me in many ways! Maybe one of these days I’ll have to share some pictures on here….but, sadly, they are mostly all in another state right now….
I will be sure to let you all be among the first to know when Liberty Seamstress is ready for sightseers! Primarily, I have to get a compilation of photographs right now…but slowly working on it!
Thank you again for your warm welcome of me!
Welcome! You’ll find this is a great group of ladies!
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