About

aboutphotoI wasn’t born in the wrong century, but I wouldn’t mind visiting others from time to time 😉

My current occupation is as a graduate student of 18th century British history, and in what time isn’t occupied with reading lots and lots of long books, I read everything else I can get my hands on. I’ve been drawing and writing from the tender age of five, when I produced an illustrated story about a spider moving houses. My love of history is intimately tied to my not so secret obsession with historical clothing and costume, which has found its outlet in sewing reproduction historical patterns, costuming theatrical productions, and hunting for vintage clothes in every thrift shop I come across. In my academic past, I’ve worked as a media intern, a graphic designer, and a lab assistant putting together a museum exhibit, but my secret dream job is probably writing books…

Other pertinent interests: British television, spicy food, listening to movie soundtracks while I work, and basically anything by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, or Chopin.

Guilty pleasures: Starburst jellybeans. And watching terrible television shows and movies with my sister to tear apart the plots and [bad] costumes.

Hogwarts House: Hey, I’m part of the Harry Potter Generation! I’m also inescapably Ravenclaw, although occasionally quizzes shunt me sideways into Slytherin :/

2 thoughts on “About

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Silja,

      So I actually drafted my own pattern using a draped mockup on a dress form and inspiration from some books on historical costuming and patterning. Specifically I looked at an early 1850s summer dress from Norah Waugh’s The Cut of Women’s Clothes, the 1852-1856 day dress from the V&A in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion and several extant examples in museum collections.

      Cheers,
      Lauren

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