I need your help! (If you have a blog can you please repost & pass the link along?)

Hello everybody!

I know I haven't written on here in ages, but there has been a lot of things going on personally that have affected my blogging. I will update you all when the time is right, but there are just a lot of changes going on here that I have needed to focus on more than anything else.

With that being said, one major project I have going on is that I am presenting a paper at a conference. Yes. I know. Do you want to know what this paper is about?

It is about you.



I will be presenting a paper about how our costume history blogging community has affected costume interpretation in a variety of aspects as well as discussing the potential role museums could play in our lovely little online niche. However, it is not like there are books or articles devoted to this subject (at least according to my research). So I need to make my own research. This means, I need your help.


I need you to take a survey for me. I wrote it myself, I tried to make it entertaining, and interesting. Basically this is your chance to have a voice about our community. Tell me what you love, what you hate, what you do and what you think. Your thoughts are valid and very much needed. You'll be doing me a huge huge favor! (and of course after the paper I will give you all the results!)

Historical Blogs, Museums, & You -Survey <---click here to take the survey!

Also, if you have a blog, please please please repost this link! I really need a huge number of responses and you are really, my only hope!

Alright guys, time for me to get back to it....

I'm looking forward to hearing back from you!!!

<3 Abby

F & I as silent film stars (stereotypes) NYE 2010


  1. I just wrote a literature review that touches on the topic of recreating costume. The focus was literature in textile conservation but I can point you to a citation that you might find interesting or helpful.

    Dancause, RenĂ©e, ‘Reconstruction, Reproduction, Replication, Re-Creation: Synonyms in the costume history and textile conservation literature? A matter of perspective’, Textile Specialty Group Postprints, 16, (2006), 41-53.

    Good luck!

  2. Sounds like a really interesting paper - I look forward to seeing what you find out.

    I have responded, though as a very slack blogger lately and a very lax costumer, I'm afraid my comments/responses won't be of much use.

    Good luck!

  3. Renna: Thank you! I really appreciate your help!! :D

    GWT:Thanks! I'm glad to see you posting again. I know what you mean though. I've got NOTHING to talk about. Zip. Nada Zilch...unless you want to see me sit around in a flat in Sweden wearing slippers and watching How I met your mother. ;)

  4. I would absolutely love to see more information on things relating to this - the intersection of costuming and public history! I'm currently in the middle of doing a massive senior thesis project on public history and the applied history of clothing and needle arts, and it's so frustrating seeing how little interconnection there is between hands-on experimentation with historical clothing, and the academic world - or even the museum world!

    I'm hunting the blogosphere for things like this! If anyone happens to know of anything (really, anything!) relating to this, or does any kind of similar research, I'd love to know about it. I can be emailed at this Google account.

    Anyway - I think it's wonderful that you're doing this paper, and I did the survey, complete with many overly detailed comments. I hope you'll post about how it goes with your paper! :)

  5. I absolutely LOVE this photograph!! I've been looking at your "this is sweden"' blog about fifty times a day waiting to read some updates only to find the health care part 2 still hanging out on top. I didn't even think to look at this blog!! And now, I'm happy.

  6. Mimi you're silly. Since I'm moving back to the US, I really have nothing to write on the other blog. It needs a total makeover. This blog needs a makeover. I would like a makeover.

    At least do some decent clothes shopping, preferably at Anthropologie, but that's beside the point.

  7. Ava- Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, I get flightly...

    Have you spoken or tried to contact Colonial Williamsburg's trades people? The Milliners/Mantua makers and Tailors would probably be very helpful in your research. If you have any questions, of if you think my research could be of any use to you, I'd be more than happy to help in anyway I can. You can email me at abbyelyn at gmail dot com. You can also find the millinery shop at CW on facebook, if you want to start asking questions to them. :)


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