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Chandra's Historic Clothing
And ramblings of a historian
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19th-Aug-2014 09:25 am - WWI Red Cross Knitting Bag
This weekend I threw together a linen Red Cross knitting bag based off an original that sold on ebay a while back (left image). The original measures 20" tall and 18-19" wide, as does my reproduction (right image). There was no information if the original had a lining, but I put in a light colored polished cotton. I went on an epic quest to four different stores to get the purse handles. Only Jo-Ann's Supercenters carry purse making supplies, Michael's has clear plastic handles to crochet cover, nothing at Wal-Mart, and finally Hancock Fabrics was the promised land. I wish the handles were a bit larger to spread out the gathered fabric better, but the next size up was enormous. I wanted to have it made for this weekend as I am attending a WWI Living History event and wanted to work on my knitting with a better knitting bag than the vintage one I have that looks good for WWII, but not WWI.

2nd-Jun-2014 09:22 pm - 1940s Silk Novelty Print Robe
Cross posted on blogger
26th-Feb-2014 08:38 am - Downtown LA Fabric Shopping!
Heading down soon to visit friends and pick up wool for the Wearing History sew-a-long, some 1940s stuff, millinery supplies, and Regency stuff for Waterloo 2015. Yikes!

QUESTION: Does anyone know where I can buy corset supplies in the fabric district? Richard the Thread in Culver City doesn't have weekend hours and I really need supplies to start a 1910s corset for the sew-a-long.
2nd-Jan-2014 04:47 pm - 2013 Run down
1940s Denim Overalls
1940s Seersucker Blouse
1940s Denim pants
1940s Wool crepe two-piece dress
1940s Victory Apron
late 1910s Brown Velvet hat
1917 Cotton print dress
1860s Cotton print dress
1860s Men's shirt
1860s Men's canton flannel drawers
1864 Smoking Cap with soutache and beads
1860s tobacco pouch

2014 To do

Finish 1860s linen travelling bag
Start on Waterloo stuff from the inside out
WWI and WWII Red Cross knitting projects (to do at living history events)
WWI Red Cross knitting bag
24th-Dec-2013 02:26 am - 1864 Smoking Cap
Cross posted on blogger, but extra photos on here!

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