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Real Women’s Clothing Update

It’s been forever since I’ve had time to update the Real Women’s Clothing directory! The problem is that many of the razadsdnrfkadsfn museums change URLs on me, and there are so many listings that I’ll start to go through the links, fix some, and then get too busy to finish. By the time I come back to it, more things are broken, I don’t know where I was before, and I have to start over.

The plan right now has just been to fix links and just remove totally any sites that have completely changed URLs (like the Bowes Museum and the Museum of Costume [now the Museum of Fashion]) or any that I had placeholders for (like the Centraal Museum, whose website has said for like a year that they’ll be reloading their online collections but have failed to load any of the costume images). I’m up through 1889, so if you’ve been as irritated as I have by all the broken links, you should be able to breeze through with nary a hitch up to that date. I’ll get to 1890-1919 early next week.

Then I’ll go back through and add any new additions (there are a few in there now, some I added months ago and some from just the last few days — all marked with white backgrounds as usual), plus relink all those sites that changed on me (Bowes, Museum of Costume/Fashion, etc.). I’ll highlight all the relinked with white backgrounds, since they’ve been gone so long they feel new!

In other news, I had decided to skip this year’s Gatsby picnic in favor of rest (exhausted!), but of course caved and am back on. So I need to get cracking on my dress — I’ve been hemming and hawing about the whole, “But is 1920s flattering on me (and if not, what is)?” issue. I’ve decided for ease in getting this sucker done (already have a pattern, 1920s doesn’t require much fitting), and hell, it really is a 1920s event, to stick with the current plan (1930s would have meant finding another pattern and getting different foundation garments which would be hassle and $$). So look for some updates this weekend and in the next few weeks! I need to sew fast, but I actually found all that offline sewing I did over the summer wasn’t very fun — I like to post my progress, even if for only myself!

So yeah, that’s what’s up around here. What’s up with y’all?

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  • Reply Andrew August 18, 2007 at 1:03 am

    What is flattering? I think anything with a train is flattering on a tall woman.

  • Reply Amanda August 18, 2007 at 4:55 am

    If no one else says it, I want you to know that we all appreciate all the effort you put into the real women’s clothing directory. I know it can be a chore!

  • Reply Kate in England August 18, 2007 at 8:57 am

    What Amanda said – you’re my first port of call when I’m looking at a new (to me) era.

  • Reply Abigael August 18, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    What is flattering? 19teens… you are drop-dead gorgeous in your Wings of a Dove dress and 1910 evening dress (which, btw, I am dying to figure out how to copy without blatantly stealing your design).

    And I LOVE your Real Woman’s Clothing directory – it has been the most amazing help to me when researching pretty much any era costume!

  • Reply Kendra August 18, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks everyone for the nice words about the directory! I’m glad to hear it’s useful.

    I would LOVE to wear 1910s, but the event is 1920-39. I have thought about doing something late teens (like 1919ish), but I settled on this dress last year when I had decided I wanted something that screamed 1920s. Maybe 1919 (or 1930s) for next year!

  • Reply sewingbird August 19, 2007 at 2:44 am

    I think it should look great on you, that collar should work well :)
    I also completely love the directory! You link to things I haven’t seen before, and I tell friends about it who are doing research.

  • Reply Miss Kitty August 23, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Again, a heartfelt thanks for maintaining such a beautiful and useful site. As for what I’m up to, after three years of not having a sewing room (thanks to a too-small house and a home office), I’m finally reclaiming a spare room to devote to sewing and other outbursts of creativity.

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