Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More on Pleats and Ruching

Pleats are amazing on period garments and add just the right touch.  But...oh, no...they require math!
Not with this lady's technique!  Watch this video on creating pleats the easy -- no math way.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Texas, a heritage too grand to not share

Enjoy this excellent video on Ft. Griffin and Ft. Chadbourne.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Sack Full of History

This is not an article about the pre-1900s but it is about women's lives on the Texas frontier during the Depression era.  Flour sacks were often used to stretch the family's clothing. This article from
http://www.littlethings.com/flour-sack-dresses-vcom/?utm_source=LTcom&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=misc gives us an insight into the ingenuity and creativity of women during times of hardship. There are some wonderful pictures in the article of families clothed with feed sacks.
The children here are clothed with feed sack fabric but you would never know it. Think of the serious sewing skills involved.
Read the article at 

Do you have a picture of someone wearing feed sack fabric or a quilt of feed sack fabrics.  Please post a picture or a comment.