Month: October 2017

Creating an 1850’s Bloomer Gown

A few weeks ago, The New York State Museum reached out to me to acquire a Bloomer Gown I had created to display in their upcoming exhibit Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial which runs from November 4, 2017- May 13, 2018 in Albany, New York. I was thrilled and honored to be apart of such a wonderful exhibit and celebration that I thought I would share a some details of not only the gown I made, but also the women who made the outfit popular. To start with the Bloomer gown, as we know it, was not first worn by Amelia Bloomer but actually by Elizabeth Smith Miller of Geneva, New York.  Elizabeth Miller, who advocated for dress reform using the Turkish style of pants, quickly caught the attention and support of Bloomer.  With her newspaper, The Lily, which focused on women’s issues, Amelia popularized the look to the point where her name became associated with the gown. The outfit itself is composed of a gown with a short skirt which hits around the …

A Quick Update

Hello my dear friends!! I know it has been so long since I published my last post that I wanted to reach out and let you all know I am still alive! 🙂 I have been very, very busy with my sewing including a fun piece for the New York State Musueam Exhibit  – more details about that later!!!  I am also looking to expand the Shop portion of my business to include both men and women’s historical clothing.   So if you know someone, or are interested yourself, please check out the Employment page on my blog for more details! I have many fun posts planned for the upcoming holiday season that I can’t wait to share with all of you! Thank you all so much for your patience and support!! Happy Sunday and Happy Sewing!  Aimee