Monday, August 21, 2017

The Evolution of Women's Clothing

Gabrielle Here:

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite blog posts from my personal blog, www.gabriellemeyer.com. I wrote this four years ago, but I still refer to it when I'm researching and when I want to marvel at women's fashion.

I've love using Pinterest as a way to collect pictures of clothing for my characters. I've written stories spanning from the 1790s to the 1920s, so I've gathered images from numerous eras.

I thought it would be fun to watch the amazing transformation women's gowns have taken from 1800 to 2017.

It was interesting for me to find that somewhere around 1930 designers started modifying designs from previous generations and "updating" them. The trend has continued to this day. Since 2000 it's hard to determine what the "style" has been. It's such a combination of many eras.

I was also surprised to find that some gowns were only slightly modified from one decade to another, but there are a few decades that changed drastically (such as the 1910s to 1920s).

Here are some of my favorite gowns from the past two hundred years.

c. 1800
c. 1810

c. 1820

c. 1830
c. 1840

c. 1850

c. 1860
c. 1870

c. 1880

c. 1890

c. 1900
c. 1910

c. 1920

c. 1930
c. 1940
c. 1950

c. 1960
c. 1970

c. 1980

c. 1990
c. 2000

c. 2010
Your Turn: What is your favorite era? If you could choose, which gown would you bring back?

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Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Gilded Age Giveaway: Anne Love

Anne here.
With the debut of my novella, The Gardener's Daughter, included in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection, and a few proposal stories floating in the editor world yet un-contracted I'm turning my focus to finish up a full length story. But my mind is already turning toward what might be the next story to spin. I like to find images from history that spark interest. Stories start by brainstorming settings and characters, sort of popcorn style--listing the first ideas that come to mind.

Which one is the most story-spinning worthy?

Lets have some fun! Vote on your favorite scene and character brainstorm for a chance to win a free copy of my debut novella. Leave a comment with your vote for an entry!

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1. A colonial story setting along the eastern coast at the start of the Revolutionary War...



2. A Lady's Bookclub story...



3. A pair of lady botanists with a deadly plan...



4. A Cookery school adventure...



5. A Christmas Tree Deliveryman...



6.  The Sisters of Waterfront Street...



7. The Riverman & The Merchant's Daughter...


For more fun feel free to add a story thread if you have an idea for one! Let the voting fun begin!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day Trip: Shipshewana, Indiana

Anne here.
This week we have Suzanne Woods Fisher doing an interview and giveaway running all week. I figured it was only fitting to share my day trip pictures from this weekend since Suzanne writes Amish fiction. I don't write Amish fiction, but when you've been raised Mennonite, had an Amish babysitter, and live in the heart of northern Indiana--it's the place to visit when your sisters-in-law and your Grandma Nancy come to town! We shopped the shops in Shipshewana--"Shipshe" as we call it--until we dropped!

We hit up Lolly's fabric store with all it's vintage quilt supplies. I remember that my grandmother's quilts had similar print styles to many of these!




The vintage treadle sewing machine is similar to my grandmother's Singer.


I loved these rainbow colored woolens that could be used to braid a rug.








After the sops at the Davis Mercantile, we had a good old fashioned buffet style Mennonite meal.
Mashed potatoes, turkey, dressing, salad, and pie!



Now that's a whoopee pie!


Then we headed over to Yoder's Department Store, where they carry every thing imaginable. 



A 36 cup coffee pot!
And even some old crocks, love these.


Maybe someday I could have a cabin with one of these!
If you get to Indiana, head up north and visit the place where dodging road apples is a way of life.

Readers: 
What day trip near your own home towns are your favorites? 
What day trips near you are on on your list to check out?
I was raised with gardening, canning, sewing, & quilting.
What "simple life" skill would like to learn the most?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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