Monday, August 23, 2010

Alamogordo Workshop, August 20, 2010

On August 10, I attended a pattern making workshop in Alamogordo, NM.  The workshop instruction enabled us to learn to drape and make a customized Civil War era bodice pattern.  The instructor for the workshop was Anna Worden Bauersmith who has recently moved west from New York.  Her credentials are extraordinary. Anna is from the Genesee Valley in Western New York. She began volunteering for the Genesee Country Village and Museum, the Nation's third largest living history museum, when she was 11. During college, she began working at the Museum's Gallery and Historic Village later transferring to the PR and Education departments.  Her research focuses include nineteenth century social movements, straw millinery, ribbons, patent furniture and shawls. She is a contributing Author for the Citizen's Companion and has authored: From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet, Early Victorian Shawls (re-release soon)
,Frivolous Functionality: 19th Century Sewing Cases (publication 2011)
  Her blog at is full of wonderful information and resources.  I highly recommend a few hours purusing it -- if you can get by with just a few hours.

I came away with customized Civil War bodice pattern I can't wait to use, a hairnet and wonderful resources.  Victoria Davis, our New Mexico friend, sponsored it giving me an opportunity to meet some other wonderful ladies, including Ellen Haage, a Fort Griffin member in Colorado.

For those ladies who were unable to travel that far, I hope we will perhaps be able to talk Anna into traveling to our March Frontier Women's conference to do a presentation.  So be on the lookout for the FWLHA conference information coming soon.

Ann Dixon

This picture of Anna and her husband were taking at the recent Ft. Stanton event.

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