Category: Fashion


Look at the idea in the picture below. It’s five pillowcases connected, then stuffed with pillows.

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Chúc mừng năm mới! from your Vietnamese blogger!

It is the Chinese year of the “yang” starting Feb 19 2015 to Feb 7 2016. You’ve probably heard it as the year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat, but that’s because in Mandarin, the word for all three and some other hoofed animals is “yang”. Additional descriptors to “yang” identify them more specifically.

There is an additional descriptor to the Chinese year and that’s an element. This year is the year of the Wooden yang. Things associated with wood are lucky for this year.

So what does this Chinese year hold for fashion?

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Lately, I’ve been researching and collecting sources of fashion terminology, like dictionaries, but rather pictionaries because it’s easier to get what fashion items and details are by looking at them than reading a description of them.

Then I found out about the issuu.com site and the free books available there. Naturally, I went looking for fashion dictionaries of sorts, and I had no trouble finding some. Now I’m sharing, but by means of testing to see how they embed in WordPress with just a link. It works beautifully, as you can see below!

Among the gems I found is a dictionary that gave history and context to a lot of terms, rather than just a picture or description of what it is. I can find lots of sources for the latter, from infographics like on my Fashion Dictionary Pinterest board, to some books below. However, to fully appreciate a lot of things, knowing its history and background helps, and this first book below is wonderful! Enjoy!

Just a note. As you click on these books below, if you view them at full screen, just hit the Esc key to get back to regular screen.

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Welcome to the New ASG Online Library!

For those of you here who are interested in my fashion and sewing exploits, I am also a board member and webmaster of the Atlantic Sewing Guild.

I just started an online library of fashion and sewing documents for them on ISSUU (website and app), and shared the news with them via the post linked above.

Please go see if it might be useful to you as well!

There are a lot of women’s body shapes or types infographics around, but they’re generally vague as to what body shape fits into what classifications. If you’re on the borderline, it’s hard to tell. This one below that I found has not only specific measurements for what qualifies as certain body types, but also a distribution of women in society that carry that body. The latter should be taken with caution as obesity is a lot worse now than it was back in 2003 when the sample of 6318 women were scanned. The lack of a “round” or “diamond” classification where the waist is the biggest of the bust, waist and hip measurements should drive that point home pretty clearly. Women in different cultures may also have different distributions of these shapes. However, you can still get an idea of what share of the American (or similar) female population has what body type shown, and which ones might be more or less common now than back in 2003.

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