In terms of what I'm doing, right now it's making drapes. Or more like, buy curtain rods, return half of them because they're theoretically Arts & Crafts style but they're ugly, buy more rods. Buy brass electrical plates, return half of them because they are a lovely Art Nouveau style but oversized so would overlap the baseboards, buy smaller ones. Order swatches for curtain material, half haven't arrived because the fabric store owners are busy this season. Meanwhile, kitchen contractor goes on vacation for two weeks. We won't actually be moving to Sacramento till March at this rate.

On the bright side, I found out that if you want more or less Victorian lace drapes (I'm not claiming 100% accuracy), try those Quaker Lace brand tablecloths that are all over eBay and Etsy every day, often at low prices. You can easily get them in 100% cotton. Just sew on curtain rings. Many of the expensive repro Victorian curtains actually look like tablecloths, with a large central motif and borders all around. Matching the shade of off-white for several windows in a room is a trick but can be done.

Lavolta Press
Books on making historic clothing

On 12/26/2015 12:18 AM, Patricia Dunham wrote:
Well, I got my husband the civil war uniform pattern from McCall's for his some-day 
Steampunk wardrobe. We haven't sewn for SCA or anything else in years, sigh. He got 
me a truckload of period cookery resources, but the next MC&T isn't gonna' be 
out until Feb or some-such. A whole buncha' stuff will be arriving next year, 

That's OK. I actually got my old-carpal-buzzy-nerveless fingers to do a couple 
of repairs on his everything-work-vest, very short stretches of very plain 
stitching, but now the saggy SAGGY front pocket is now looking much more 
respectable, as the velcro strips on both sides of the closure are actually 

Hmm, next maybe I'll tackle the other hem on his new shop coverall, he got one done and 
distracted… We also have a replacement everything-vest "safari coat" remodel to 
finish. If we can. Have taken it apart, ready to re-make, but… that was a couple of 
months ago. We may be in trouble…

oh well. looking forward to seeing what you all are doing!

On Dec 25, 2015, at 10:42 AM, Lavolta Press <> wrote:

My husband gave me the following books:

The First Book of Fashion: The Book of Clothes of Matthaeus and Veit Konrad 
Schwarz of Augsburg

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style, by April Calahan

Regency Women's Dress: Techniques and Patterns 1800-1830, by Cassidy Percoco

and a biography:

Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise, by 
Lucinda Hawksley

Fran Grimble
Lavolta Press
Books of historic clothing patterns

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