Welcome to my little nook of the web! In a nutshell, I’m a 20-something history nerd living in the Pacific Northwest who loves to sew. But you probably wanted to know a bit more than that, huh? 😉
I learned to sew around the age of 4. Even back then I was a klutz, so I’m surprised my mother trusted me with a needle and thread. But, she did and I cobbled together horrible pillows and quilts that have since mysteriously disappeared from the house. 😉
I didn’t really pick up sewing again until I started reenacting the 1850s at the age of 15, and I wanted a bigger costume wardrobe than my mother had the time to sew for me. Thankfully, there are a huge array of resources available online for those that want to get into costuming, and so I was able to teach myself how to sew mid-19th century clothes using period techniques. I love the practicality of sewing techniques from this era, although the costumes can be time consuming. Nevertheless, I’ve amassed quite a wardrobe of clothing from this era, and also do commissions to remain semi-employed, as finding a full-time job as a recent college graduate is difficult these days. I love making items for enthusiastic and authenticity-minded clients, and my reproductions have been featured in museum exhibits and films.
Around age 18 or 19, I became really interested in vintage fashion, due to both discovering Mad Men and the whole vintage resurgence that was going on. I love the classic look of late 50s and early 1960s styles, and never feel fully dressed without red lipstick and pearls.
Shortly after that, I began sewing my own modern clothing when I realized that I could incorporate the vintage flair I loved into my look and that inserting a zipper wasn’t too difficult. 😉
My goal here is to show in-progess and finished pictures of my work, as well as provide tutorials on projects I’m working on, reviews of patterns I’ve used, and musings about the crazy hobbies of modern sewing and historic costuming. With that in mind, I love getting comments, but you can always shoot me a question, musing, or comment at: annaintechnicolor @ hotmail.com. Just don’t forget to remove the spaces before you do so!