Editor's Note: The first in an occasional series focused on Lady Virginia Vintage customers and their projects using our fabrics. Earlier this year I received a delightfully excited note from one of my fabric customers who had picked up a few vintage Kent-Bragaline pieces in my Etsy shop, Lady Virginia Vintage. "Hello! I just wanted to say thank you. I am the grand niece of Edward Bragaline … [Read more...] about Customer Profile: Vintage Fabric Pieces Make Cheery Home Art Gallery for Designer’s Grand Niece
At first I didn't think I wanted to produce a line of masks in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Even though I wrote an essay with a full-throated cry for fair pay for all the seamstresses out there (professional and hobbyists) who pivoted on a dime from their usual sewing and alterations work to mask-making, I still didn't think that I wanted to do it, for a couple of reasons: First, I mainly … [Read more...] about Introducing my line of high-end fabric masks
Here it comes, the true confessions of a rabid fabric fan! Now, I’m not a schooled expert on fabrics for home decorators. I don’t work in the industry as a designer, and I'm not a fabric house mogul nor an academic textiles historian. I’m simply an antique and vintage fabric and textile seller who loves home decorator (and other) fabrics big time. Luxurious, intricate, richly colored, and … [Read more...] about How I Got Addicted to Decorator Fabric Brands
Serial business failure and tragicomic president, Donald J. Trump, bloviated today that he wouldn't approve an emergency loan for the U.S. Post Office unless it raised its package service rates immediately. And the rate hike recommended by the chronic debtor-in-chief, a man who has likely never even personally mailed one package in his life? Four times the current rate. That's … [Read more...] about Higher Post Office Rates will Kill the US Economy
Americans have rightly praised the key heroes and heroines of the COVID-19 battle, notably frontline healthcare workers and first responders. And our hearts — and hopefully wallets — have gone out to the service industry, most of all restaurant workers, who have almost no safety net in a crisis like this. I applaud folks who have tried to buy to-go food and tip servers as big as possible. In … [Read more...] about The Hidden Heroines in the Coronavirus Battle — Seamstresses!
The governor in my state, Virginia, has now issued a total stay at home order. We've gone from social distancing, travel advisements, and schools being shut down through the academic year to straight out "do not leave home unless absolutely necessary." The governor says to expect this through May. In one way the final order is good news. It's clarifying to have a leader who's not … [Read more...] about Coronavirus, Quarantine, and the Meaning of American Life