Stephanie Ann is a re-enactor, historian, crafter, and cook whose blog has tons of great info on all these things, well worth a visit.
Her new 1940s dress.
|Photo: World Turn'd Upside Down|
I'm reminded of a dress I mended for Basya Berkman not long ago. It's a 1930s-40s rayon. I don't have photos of the whole dress yet, but here are a couple of construction details. And I just love the fabric. (You can see from the seam allowances along the zipper how much it's faded over the years. I think I like it both ways, new and aged.)
Shirring at the neckline.
Bust fullness made by gathering into a shaped midriff panel.
On the model.
Stephanie shared a post from a conservation site called In The Artifact Lab in which a conservator details her tool kit. Most surprising tool - a porcupine quill!
I'm fascinated by the knowledge and skill of top-notch conservators. The Conservation Center in Chicago is an amazing conservation lab. Their newsletter highlights their most interesting projects and is great fun to read.
If I had it to do all over again, I might pursue a conservation degree. For me, "the older the better" has always been my motto!