Archive for February, 2010

Hats Off – Or On – In June

What about head gear for Oklahoma Division Convention? Again, we make a trip into storage. Is there anything that can be worn with something else? Look items over closely, with a mindset to the past. Perhaps there are ways to ‘redo’ something contemporary by adding or taking away decorations. Often, usable headwear can be located at vintage stores, flea markets, antique shops and, even, garage and yard sales.

Quilting in Pawnee

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: March 9, 2010 Quilt Block of the Month Class – Pawnee Bill Ranch Historic Site, Pawnee

Off The Rack

If deciding to shop in ready made, vintage (loosely defined as almost anything from past seasons) wear, there are a few things that you can put on all of your shopping friends and families lists without too much trouble. Keep in mind, we are talking the shopping folk, not someone who is on a business trip and would rather be caught in a cyber cafe than a store. These folks already know about how tall you are and what type of build you have – they have a shopper’s eye. For the first item though, I would suggest getting together and taking a comparative look at hands. Good cotton gloves are something that can be found second hand – generally easier than at stores, given current fashion. Additionally, lots of gloves are not just plain. Your shoppers should be able to spot stains, and/or provide you with new stain busting tips. Other, easier items would be capes, hoops, lace collars, or a certain designer piece of a particular size.

Ft. Towson Timeline

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: February 26, 2010

Time Line Program – Fort Towson Historic Site, Ft. Towson

High Fashion – OK?

You will, no doubt, notice differences in Godey’s Ladies magazines and what was everyday clothing in our geographic area.  The individual adjusts and adapts the fashion trends of the time to fit their own individual personality and taste, as well as their economic condition and available resources.  After all, if one can only afford a dress or two each year, they are more likely to be rather conservative and plain.  Often the women would add to or take away from their simple gowns and day dresses.  Have you begun to prepare your period clothing for 2010 Historical Evening?

Okie Arts & Crafts

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: February 20, 2010

Tatting Workshop – Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher

Quilt Block of the Month Class – Sod House Muesum, Aline

Quilting in Pawnee

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: February 9, 2010

Quilt Block of the Month Class – Pawnee Bill Ranch Historic Site, Pawnee

Expand your Wardrobe – for pennies on the dollar

A solution to “dressing with southern spirit” is to watch the resale or “second hand” shops. Buying wardrobe items have several benefits, besides being able to find a great buy on a hard to find design for you. They include charity and veteran support if buying from somewhere like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Being green is something in vogue, but when buying clothing that has already had a life, you are doing primary recycling – reusing something that doesn’t take extra resources to prepare for reuse. Finally, resale shops are not limited in trends, fabrics, designers, or sizes. They pull from all walks of life, all sizes of people with different tastes, as well as many design periods. While buying 100 year old clothes are not an option, 50 year old clothing pieces have been spotted at several charitable resale outlets. Item to look for include shirts and skirts that can “pass”, gloves, collars, “granny boots” and slippers, aprons, capes, linen and lace to use for fichus, hoops and petticoats, even curtains and sheets that can be used as yardage for custom made creations – the list goes on and on!

Yale Quilt Show

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: February 10, 2010

Annual Quilt Show – Jim Thorpe Home, Yale