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9781524740955Dear Miss Sweetie, 

I do not possess the plump curves so in fashion. My arms are like sticks, and I have a barrel for a chest, but wearing a corset makes me red in the face. How shall I ever look beautiful? 

Miss Broad in the Middle

Dear Miss Broad in the Middle, 

Puffed sleeves deemphasize a stocky middle, and adornment on the bib adds “treasure” to the chest. Leave the whalebone to the whales; it is healthier for both man and fish. The best way to boost your attractiveness is to accept yourself the way you are, which will free your mind to pursue creativity and joy. 

Yours truly,

Miss Sweetie

This exchange is from The Downstairs Girl (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) the story of a seventeen-year-old Chinese girl in 1890 Atlanta, GA working as a lady’s maid by day and moonlighting anonymously as the Agony Aunt columnist in the local newspaper. Written by award winning author Stacey Lee, there’s a lot of action and fashion in this well- crafted novel.

The Downstairs Girl is a Young Adult novel (written for ages 12 to 18). ODFL readers may not know that I have an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in children’s literature from Mills College. I came away from the graduate program with a completed  middle grade novel and several picture books stories as well as a few short ghost stories. I have a fondness for children’s literature and every so often I peruse the children’s section of my local library.

Reading is a wonderful escape while we shelter-in-place and although public libraries are closed around the country, many have e-books and audio-books available to check out online. Take a look on your county library’s webpage.

Remember, Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance.

 

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There’s not a lot of information of how long COVID survives on textiles, but lots of places on your textiles can contain metal or plastic. If you’ve touched a contaminated surface with your clothes, sitting in a subway, leaning against a pole, there’s a chance you might bring that back home.

Angelique Corthals, a biomedical researcher and professor of pathology at John Jay College. (This quote is from an article in the New York Times, March 29, 2020. By Sanam Yar. Click here for the full article.)

(Note: the belief is that the virus could live on metal and plastic surfaces three to five days.)

Ms. Corthals also says that’s it’s a good idea to change out of your street clothes once you’re home.  I say that since we don’t know how long Covid-19 lives on textiles, it couldn’t hurt to also spray our street clothes with alcohol.

Remember, Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance. 

 

 

 

 

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Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance. 

 

It seems that keeping your distance cannot be said often enough. Along with:

Stay home if you’re sick. 

Wash your hands.

Observe the shelter-in-place command and go out only for groceries, prescriptions, and medical appointments, or to take care of a family member. (Walks are ok and important for us as long as we keep at least six feet away from others.)

 

Right now this is what individuals can do to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Keeping calm is also important. Take deep breaths. Slow down. Turn off the news when it gets to be too much.

We can do this!

Covid-19 questions? Go to the CDC website.

 

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51tGfYjaB2L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_She looked overdressed and dangerously hot, but sunstroke or suffocation had not yet finished her off … I still thought she would be better off without so many tunics. Perhaps in a fine mansion with marble veneers, fountains, garden courtyards deep in shade, a leisured young lady might keep cool, even swaddled in embroidered finery with jet and amber bangles from her elbow to her wrist. If she ran out in a hurry she would instantly regret it. The heat haze would melt her. Those light robes would stick to all the lines of her slim figure. 

Marcus Didius Falco, fictional character of the mystery novel, The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis.

I’m a fan of mystery novels, but good ones are hard to come by. A few years ago I listened to a BBC Radio 4 dramatization (starring Anton Lesser) of one of the Marcus Didius Falco series, which take place in Ancient Rome. When I recently had the opportunity to read The Silver Pigs, the first in the series published in 1989, I was hooked. Well-written for starters, and full of historical detail. Ms. Davis certainly did her research. She says that she had trouble getting published at first. Editors didn’t think a mystery set in Ancient Rome would be of interest. Ha! Now her books are often used in high schools as supplemental reading.

There are around 21 books in the series. Plenty to read while we all stay home to avoid COVID-19.

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In this French Court painting (c 1582), the ladies are wearing farthingale under their gowns to get that desired wheel shape. The men are sporting jackets with wide ruffs at the collar, breeches, and hose. 

… I would only add further that he ought to consider what appearance he wishes to have and what manner of man he wishes to be taken for, and dress accordingly; and see to it that his attire aid him to be so regarded even by those who do not hear him speak or see him do anything whatever. 

Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), Italian courtier and Renaissance author.

This quote is from the book “The Courtier” by Baldassare Castiglione published in 1528.

In Fashion History class the first exam (of three) is behind us (yes, I did well!) and we are now studying The Italian Renaissance and The Northern Renaissance.

I found this quote in our text book, Survey of Historic Costume, by Phyllis Tortora and Keith Eubank. Throughout the book are quotes about fashion by individuals from different periods.

As for the quote – I say excellent advice for then and now.

 

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It takes nine pairs of jeans to make one pair of my customized creations. 

Melody Sabatasso, Bay Area fashion designer.

 

In the 1970s, Ms. Sabatasso was an independent fashion designer just starting out with her own boutique in Marin County. Her personal daily style back then included jeans but she found she had nothing appropriate to wear to an upcoming wedding. So, she got creative and made herself a patchwork dress out of re-purposed Levi’s.

Her dress somehow caught the eye of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, who commissioned the designer to make an outfit for her. Ms. Sabatasso hitchhiked to the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco for a private fitting with Ms. Bacall. On the inside of the ensemble for the actress she wrote in red, Love Melody.

That was the beginning of a long and ongoing career in custom re-purposed denim outfits. Her creation for Ms. Bacall (pictured above) is part of Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, the current exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Check back tomorrow for my full coverage of this impressive fashion exhibit.

 

 

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IMG_20200220_120019Check the label for natural fibers – blended fibers break down more quickly. Check the stitching is secure and straight – holes are better avoided than repaired. Check that patterns match at the seams. Check the garment comes with spare buttons- you may be thankful for this later. Avoid over-washing and air dry rather than tumble dry, as the lint you take out of the dryer is actually your clothes disintegrating. Ask someone to teach you how to sew on a button and darn a hole to extend the life of your clothes.

Selvedge Magazine 

Selvedge Magazine is a UK publication dedicated to “exploring the culture of cloth.” Launched in 2004 by textiles enthusiast and teacher Polly Leonard, Selvedge is published bimonthly (every two months) and each issue has a theme covering international fabric topics. The current issue (#93) is all about repair, recycle, and encouraging “no waste” in fabric manufacturing.

But there’s more! The team also sponsors or organizes events, including the upcoming World Fair in September. For three days fabric artisans from around the world will gather in London to show their beautiful wares.

Back issues are often on sale so … I couldn’t resist picking up the May/June 2011 issue, which focuses on British textiles.

Even the newsletter is special. I recommend signing up for that – find the subscription box on the bottom right hand side of the main page.

 

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