Survey Takers & Other News

are awesome. I've just finished my first filter through 66 (!!!) pages of survey results. I've closed the survey (I only have 1 month now to get the presentation together), and in total I had around 262 people participate in this survey.

Thank you so very very much. Seriously, Thank You.

From your responses I will be able to not only get together a solid presentation, that will hopefully be inspiring as well as informative for the conference goers, but I will also be able to share your opinions in general on what makes for a good costume history blog, and what doesn't. What, we, as bloggers need to do to help readers, lurkers, and other bloggers in order to progress costume history research and construction.

Off topic, get this, Jane Malcolm-Davies of The Tudor Tailor is presenting at the same conference as I am. I die. I die and have gone to costume historian heaven. Hopefully, I'll be a good little historian and get my camera skills flexing.

Anyways, with the survey results, I will be working on the blog posts for my results sometime in late March or April (probably April). My presentation is on the 18th of March, so I wont be releasing any information until after that point.


In other news, I know this is kind of an awkward way to "announce" this, but there are going to be some major changes going on here and for me personally. Some of you already know this, and some of you don't, but I have decided to move back to the US in March. This is largely due to the insanity and lethargy that has taken over me due to unemployment and slight isolation living in a small city in Sweden. F & I are still together, and we are going to try to figure out what to do to make it work, though we'll have to battle the beast known as US immigration.

The only bad thing about this move is leaving F again, for an unknown amount of time. (Let's not discuss it, I'm going to cry. But he is visiting in the summer for about a month, focus on the positive...). However, from a career, academic, and sewing point of view, this is really good for me. I don't know if you've noticed, but I haven't been updating much here. This is because, other than the project's I'm working on for Sapphire, I have nothing here in regards to costume history. I have a couple books and a lot of fabric. That's it. I have no mannequins, no dissertation information and resources, patterns, etc. It's been really hard to try and write about something where I have no way to verify my information (and according to survey results, many of you really want your citations (amen). So, obviously, I'm not comfortable writing things about historical accuracy, with anything, when I have no way to confirm what I know (or think I know). Thus, I don't really write much.

I am planning on revamping this blog, I have acquired some awesome pieces from my family as well as personal collecting of garments and fashion plates, and I want to share them with you and write about what I know. I have costumes to start working on, and will be able to blog about, etc. So, hopefully, with my return to the US, I will get myself in gear and be able to be a better blogistorian (Har har I just made up a new word!).

So, that's it for now, I'll post more later. Right now, I've finally bothered to start putting in the lining to Sapphire's stays, and I am also, hopefully, going to get some pictures, etc, of fitting her Robe a la Polonaise to her. I have the mockup done, but it's not fitted.

Ok, over and out.

P.S. This is my 100th Post! YAY!

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Come on Spring!


  1. Dear Abby,

    I found your details on your blog. I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request…

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I am hoping to find English speaking expats to profile who are living in Sweden. I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! I would love to find out more about your story! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America.
    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes.

    At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    You can watch some examples of the show here: - London from South Africa (1600 series) - Dubai from Illinois (2000 series)

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter's Street, London N1 8JD - +44 20 7704 3300

  2. Abby, first of all - congratulations on that amazing response to your survey. That's amazing! I can't wait to read about your findings.

    Secondly, I found your blog through a love of all things 18th century and my own amateur stitchery and I have a massive amount of respect for you as a fellow academic, but I also really enjoy reading your posts because you simply seem to be a lovely person with a great sense of fun. So, I want to wish you the absolute best of luck with your move (and US immigration!) and I hope that you and F are not apart too long - I can't imagine how much of a nightmare that must be.


  3. Hey GWT- Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it. I hope people think I'm fun...much better than boring and dry..right? :)

    ...and sorry I suck and took a month to respond. Forgive me? :)


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