Monday, November 26, 2012

More sales!

Saw some pretty sweet deals on Fashion Fabrics Club:

These all look kind of like Manchester velvets.  This one is a "vermacelli" like print, like you sometimes see in 18th C fashion plates.  Wouldn't it make a killer men's frock/breeches? $5/yd yellow velveteen  and  $8/yd Grey/Tan Stripe and  $8/yd Golden Yellow stripe. 

Also some nice silk taffeta deals:
Dark teal iridescent silk taffeta $12/yd Pink/orange plaid silk taffeta $11/yd Yellow/blue plaid silk taffeta $11/yd

Also M&J Trimming has a cyber Monday sale - Take 25% Off Site Wide. Today Only! Use Code CYBERMONDAY at checkout. Hurry, expires at 11:59pm EST tonight!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

London Labour and the London Poor

I'd heard about this book for years (I know Neil Gaiman mentioned it being useful in writing Neverwhere) but only recently got a copy now that it's on Kindle.  To quote the wiki on it "In the 1840s he observed, documented and described the state of working people in London for a series of articles in a newspaper, the Morning Chronicle, that were later compiled into book form."

It's party sociological study of the working poor in London and part compilation of true short stories of their lives. He goes into detail on just about every job a poor person in London could have from dustman to mudlark and more.  He describes what they wear and eat,  how they talk and where they sleep, where they're from and what they do for entertainment (lots of pubs, tobacco smoking, melodramas, punch and judy shows and coffee houses).

 I've learned so much and I've just barely started, and it's so engagingly written it's almost like a novel.  Just fascinating stuff and perfect for the Dickens/Dickens Fair fans on your Christmas list!

Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday/December Sales!

Here are few sales I've heard about I thought I'd pass along to my fellow costumers...

American Duchess 10-60% on Historical Shoes and Accessories Through 11/26

Anavos - 15% off Original Series Star Trek repro costumes code "kirok" and $10 off Battle Star double tanks code "tanksgiving" through Cyber Monday

Best Wig Outlet 40% off through midnight Sunday, enter code "Black40"

Burnley and Trowbridge is celebrating Cyber Monday with a 24 hour special.  Starting at midnight tonight, receive FREE Shipping for your order of $100 or more, shipped to the contiguous 48 states.  This offer ends at midnight Monday night (Nov. 26th) so hurry!!!

Mrs Depew Vintage has 25% off until the end of Monday with the following coupon code: SIZZLINGSNAIL

Reconstructing History has 20% off patterns and 50% off sale items through Sunday code "Black Friday"

Renaissance Fabrics has 10% off any order between now and December 31st, just use the code "holiday2012"

Sense & Sensibility Patterns - 25% off everything from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday, November 26

Wearing History has 25% off EVERYTHING in her Etsy store now through Monday. Use the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout. OR use the code FALLSEWING2012 for 20% off until the end of November.

If any of you have or know of other small costume-oriented businesses with sales for December/Cyber Monday please comment with their info so I can add them to the list!