Have you ever envied the elegant fashions of the past? Well, for this week’s guests, their passion for vintage style became a porthole into a new way of life. A few years ago, Sarah Chrisman received a corset for her birthday from her husband Gabriel. Despite her reluctance to try it on, once she did, Sarah was hooked (pun very much intended). Instead of confinement, Sarah discovered confidence in her corset, and the ability to live the life she’d always wanted to lead. Last year, she released a book titled Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself, detailing the couples experiences and discoveries. Now, she and Gabriel lead authentic Victorian lifestyles and work together to educate others about history from an active and engaged point of view. On today’s show, you’ll hear about Sarah’s corset collection, their beautiful historic wardrobes, lessons they’ve learned as they embrace the technology, culture, and traditions of the past, and more.
Plus, a playlist sprinkled with new music releases today from the UK’s Wild Beasts, North Carolina folk pop group Lost In The Trees, Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann, and more. So dust off your top hat and reserve the next space on your dance card for Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Photos of Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman
(Photos by Hyo Gyung Choi from Mary Studios)
(The following photos are courtesy of Sarah Chrisman)
Sarah’s chatelaine – I can definitely see the appeal, what a beautiful & useful accessory!
Gabriel’s sunglasses from the 1850’s
Sarah at a fundraiser for a local wildlife shelter – the owl was *very* interested in her hat!
Resources from the Chrismans:
*Learn more about Sarah’s experience and the Chrismans’ way of life in her book Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself.
*A recipe for 1-2-3-4 cake, adapted from Alice Waters for the NY Times.
*A beautiful handmade chatelaine for sale on Etsy, and a delicate antique chatelaine note pad. Sarah also sent some beautiful historic examples from Collectors Weekly, the Victoria & Albert Collection, and a photo of a nurse wearing her utilitarian chatelaine. If you’re interested in purchasing a chatelaine of your own, Sarah recommends shopping for separate pieces. Vintage finds that are sold as complete sets tend to be quite attractive to collectors and therefore expensive, but you can very affordably invest in one piece at a time!
*For additional reading and more beautiful examples of antique chatelaines, Sarah recommends the book Chatelaines: Utility to Glorious Extravagance. For some reading on pantalettes, she suggests the related chapter from the book An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality.
*If you’re looking for vintage clothing patterns, Nehelenia has everything you need!
*And if you’re ready to shop for a corset, Axford is one of several leading UK companies that offer bespoke pieces!
Odds & Ends
*Join BTR at SXSW! We’ll be at The Liberty on Sunday, March 5, from noon-five with a free show featuring a ton of cool bands & artists, including the So So Glos, Diane Coffee, and Milagres! Details here.
*If this 4 year old fashionista isn’t the best thing you’ve seen all week… well, you’ve had an epic week. I’m happy for you, but you should still check her out.
*Now this is a spring trend I can get behind! I love large, statement accessories – they are the *perfect* focal point for a simple dress or outfit. Drama without fuss.
*Are you ready for Sunday?? Who will wear who? Daily Candy has some ideas, but we’ll just have to wait & see… Speaking of the Oscars, tune in to @sewandtell on Twitter, and join me and DJ Dane as we live-tweet our thoughts on all the red carpet glamour!
*Didn’t you love Sally Seltmann’s track on today’s show? The music on her new album is wonderfully varied, but tied into a cohesive whole by her beautiful voice. Sample the full album in advance of its Tuesday release here.
Lost In the Trees
(Photo by Annalee Harkins)
Feb 28 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
March 18 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
March 20 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
March 21 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
March 22 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
March 25 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
March 26 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
March 27 – The Media Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
March 29 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
March 30 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
April 15 – The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
April 16 – High Watt – Nashville, TN
April 18 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
April 19 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
April 21 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
April 22 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
April 23 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
April 24 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
April 25 – Low Key Arts – Hot Springs, AR
April 26 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
April 27 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
April 30 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
May 1 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
May 2 – Krankies – Winston-Salem, NC
May 6 – Jackie Gleason Theater @ Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL
May 7 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
May 8 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(Photo by Tom Beard)
Feb 28 – March 1 – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival @ Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, United Kingdom
March 4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
March 6 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
March 8 – El Plaza Condesa – Mexico City, Mexico
March 26 – Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
March 27 – The Arches – Glasgow, United Kingdom
March 29 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
March 30 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom
March 31 – Corn Exchange – Cambridge, United Kingdom
April 1 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, United Kingdom
April 3 – Melkweg Oude Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 4 – Motel Mozaique – Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 5 – Gebaude 9 – Cologne, Germany
April 6 – Lido – Berlin, Germany
April 7 – Knust – Hamburg, Germany
April 9 – StrOm – Munich, Germany
April 11 – Le Marche Gare – Lyon, France
April 12 – Plaza – Zurich, Switzerland
April 13 – L’Aeronef – Lille, France
April 15 – Orangerie – Brussels, Belgium
May 8 – 10 – The Great Escape – Brighton, United Kingdom
June 6 & 7 – Plissken Festival – Athens, Greece
July 18 – 20 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL
Aug 29 – 31 – End of the Road Festival – Salisbury, United Kingdom
Sept 4 – 7 – Bestival – Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Sept 8 – 12 – Unknown Festival Croatia – Rovinj, Croatia
(Photo courtesy of Nicholas Jarzabek via songkick)
Feb 28 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
March 8 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
March 9 – The Western – Scottsdale, AZ
March 11 – The New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
March 12 – SXSW – Austin, TX
March 15 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
March 18 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
March 19 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
March 20 – DC9 Nightclub – Washington, D.C.
March 21 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
March 22 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
March 23 – The Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
March 25 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
March 27 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
March 28 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
March 29 – Union Sound Hall – Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 1 – The Artery – Edmonton, Alberta
April 2 – SAIT’s the Gateway – Calgary, Alberta
April 3 – The Habitat – Kelowna, British Columbia
April 4 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
April 5 – Biltmore – Vancouver, British Columbia
April 6 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
July 6 & 7 – Sasquatch! Music Festival – George, WA
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