Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Polishing (Stage 1)

Project 15, part 2 – Kidaore (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the Edo Period mirror restoration project! This week I finally got brave and began to clean and polish my mirror. It may look like I dive cavalierly into my projects, but the truth is I spend a lot of time hemming and hawingContinue reading “Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Polishing (Stage 1)”

Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Beginning

Project 15, part 1 – The Sword, The Mirror, and the Jewel Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! I’ve got a brand new restoration project to share with you, and it’s not even clothing this time! Gasp! I was wanting a bit of a challenge, and to try something I’d never done before, when oneContinue reading “Edo Period Mirror Restoration: The Beginning”

Happy 100 Posts, 昔のSewing!

Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Friends, I can hardly believe it, but this is the 100th post here on the blog. Your comments, likes, and support have made this a beautiful community of fashion and history enthusiasts, and I can’t wait to keep sewing and crafting with you for at least another hundred postsContinue reading “Happy 100 Posts, 昔のSewing!”

A Brief History of Strawberries on Dresses

Bibliotheca November 2022 – Food: Extraordinary, Juice Like a Strawberry Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “food,” and you absolutely cannot stop me from talking about strawberries. Specifically, strawberries on dresses – I’m a big fan as you can see. I come byContinue reading “A Brief History of Strawberries on Dresses”

Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 4)

Spotlight 11-4: Small But Mighty (Part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome to the fourth and final (for now, at least!) part of Mukashi no Sewing’s eleventh spotlight! As I mentioned previously, the original curation post ended up being SUPER long, so I’ve split it into three sections. This is the third curation post,Continue reading “Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 4)”

The Magic of Alternative Fashion

Bibliotheca October 2022 – Magic: Community Through Dressing Weird Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle is “magic,” and my original plan was to talk about magical themes in lolita dresses and kimono that I own. I’m sure I’ll go down that path at someContinue reading “The Magic of Alternative Fashion”

Seasonal Dress Changes for Autumn/Winter in the Victorian and Meiji Eras

Bibliotheca September 2022 – Preparation: Here We Come to the Turning of the Seasons Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! This month’s theme for the Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca blog circle was suggested by the fabulous Cupcake Kamisama: “preparation.” And what perfect timing! Last week (at the time of writing) was the Autumn Equinox hereContinue reading “Seasonal Dress Changes for Autumn/Winter in the Victorian and Meiji Eras”

Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 3)

Spotlight 11-3: I Had to Take a Lot of Photos (Part 1, part 2 here) Welcome to the third part of Mukashi no Sewing’s eleventh spotlight! As I mentioned last time, the original post ended up being SUPER long, so I’ve split it into three sections. This is the second curation post, covering my kimonoContinue reading “Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 3)”

Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 2)

Spotlight 11-2: Mariieeeeeeeeee Kondoooooooooo (Part 1 here) Welcome to the second part of Mukashi no Sewing’s eleventh spotlight! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about how and why I curate my collections. This post ended up being SUPER long, so I’ve split it into three sections that will come out over the nextContinue reading “Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 2)”

Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 1)

Spotlight 11-1: Where To Put It All? Welcome to Mukashi no Sewing’s eleventh spotlight! This is part one of a two-part spotlight – I’ll be focusing on storage today, and in the second part I’ll be talking about curation! It’s all well and good to have a wardrobe of unusual or antique clothing, but youContinue reading “Spotlight: Storage and Curation (Part 1)”