Since we’ve been discussing 1920s clothing mysteries, I thought I’d throw this photo into the mix. These two look like a normal 1920s couple out for a day at the lake or beach until you notice her narrow-legged pants. Just as it is easy to say “You never see zippers in 1920s dresses,” I’d be just as tempted to say “You never see slim legged pants on a woman in the 1920s.” It always pays to keep an open mind.
* Coach won a nice settlement against a pair of counterfeit resellers who happened to be a mother and daughter in New York. It was just a little internet business…
* How much practice does it take to make a perfect tailored buttonhole? According to one tailor, about 400. via @StitchUpHistory
* Conserving a 1932 Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniform
* I know I’ve linked to this before, but the Pendleton blog is really, really good. I loved the post about the differences between the Topster and the Top Man jackets.
* I’m terribly late with this one, but the Costume College is happening now in Woodland Hills, CA. It’s too late to attend classes, but if you are in the area today or tomorrow there is a costume exhibition and marketplace that are open to the public.
* Clotheshorse is an online magazine for knitters, but it also has articles of interest. In the new issue there is a great article by Brenna Barks called “Vintage Fantasies: Film, TV and Fashion.” Find it on page 24.
* A cautionary tale: How Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison lost control of the shoe company they founded.
* Saving “Craft” from Cuteness or where would Etsy be without the bird motif.
* Just when I think people can’t be any more shallow or mean-spirited, people take to twitter in a frenzy of criticism of Gabby Douglas’ hair style. Why would anyone even notice, much less care about what an athlete’s hair looked like? All I can say is: Thank you Gabby for giving a performance that made us all cheer and smile. You are what the Olympics should be about.