(For information on what this site is and how it works, please see the Introduction, which can tell you many things, hopefully helpful things.)

If you are looking for something on this site, and aren’t sure how to find it (or aren’t looking for anything specific, just for something interesting to read) then the Index is the place for you! The site layout has pages across the top, categories on the left bar, and tags on the right bar; it can be overwhelming, I know. So the purpose of this page is to try to offer a different means of navigating the site, with explanations along the way. Even if you prefer navigating by layout menus, this Index can give you more information about the function of each of the menus.

Pages Listed Across the Top of the Layout

  • Updates: this is actually not a page; it is simply a standard blog view, with entries in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent updates first.
  • Introduction: a brief introduction to this site, explaining its origins, purpose, and future plans
  • Clothing Thesis Project: a brief explanation of the academic project that spurred the creation of this site, followed by an extremely long explanation of said project
  • Annotated Bibliography: the central page for a massive annotated bibliography of historical clothing-related books which I have encountered during my studies; each book has its own entry with a detailed critical annotation which describes the book and offers my opinion of its usefulness and quality; some entries also link to outside reviews
  • Copyright Issues: my brief comments on issues of copyright as they pertain to costume blogging and the study of historical clothing, with outside links to excellent articles on the subject by other bloggers
  • About Ava: an introduction to me, in case you were wondering who dreamt up this whole crazy project
  • Index: right here! a place to find out what the other places are, what they go with, and how they fit into the big picture of the site

 Other Major Pages

  • The Significance of Historical Sewing: an article exploring the question of the study and reproduction of historical clothing is important and relevant, including responses from other sewists
  • Clothing and Sustainability: an exploration of the complex relationship between clothing and a sustainable lifestyle, including how historical techniques and approaches can be very “green”
  • The Value of Secondary Sources, Warts and All: a research theory article discussing the role of secondary sources in clothing research, especially in the context of the progressive reenacting community
  • Hampshire Sewing Students: about the sewing classes I taught during my Div III at Hampshire College, with information about projects done by students in those classes
  • Spring 2010 Independent Study: an overview of the independent study on 1830s women’s clothing that I did in preparation for my the clothing thesis project (Div III) which led to the creation of this site
  • Public History: an article which briefly describes the field of public history and offers quoted definitions and links to further information on the field/approach
  • Glossary Table of Contents: a table of contents for the glossary, entry by entry; currently the glossary consists of entries for different fibers and fabrics; eventually it may grow to include other types of clothing related terms
  • Future Sewing Plans: an ongoing, changing list of projects I would like to undertake in the future, but which aren’t quite in the planning stage of having their own research entries

Sites Within the Site

Both the Annotated Bibliography and the Glossary of Fibers, Fabrics, and Materials can function as large and fairly autonomous resources, without depending a great deal on the rest of the site for support. Entries in each are heavily internally cross-referenced, particularly in the case of the Glossary, as each entry links to a variety of other glossary entries, as well as outside references.

Browsing by Category: Century, Project, Garment

The site template has two menus on the left side column; the lower menu is simply an expansion of the upper menu, with all of the subheadings included. Each link in the menu is for a specific category, which can be as broad as a century or as narrow as a specific garment within a specific project.

Everything is first sorted in chronological order by century, then in chronological order within each century by specific project (which may be a single garment, such as the red wool cloak, or a full ensemble, such as the 1870s inspired butterfly masquerade costume). If you want to explore by specific garments, go to the lower menu to see a fully expanded version of the list, which has category links sorted by century, then by specific project, and then further by specific garment (including, for example, each individual garment in the 1870s inspired butterfly masquerade costume).

If you want to see everything 18th century-related, simply click the category for 18th century, in either the upper or lower menu, and you’ll get every related entry. It works the same way with the other centuries, and other categories, but for the 19th through 20th centuries, there are far more entries, so you may also want to look at option of browsing by Fashion Era, which is a menu of chronologically organized period tags available on the right side menu, and below.

Browse by Period

In addition to using the menus of categories and tags, you can also browse by period using this handy-dandy bit of index:

And, overlapping with the 19th and 20th century categories (and ever-so-slightly with the 18th century), there are these Fashion Era tags, also available mid-way down on the right side menu, which allow you to browse through particular period styles and silhouettes by way of rather loosely applied terminology:

  • Regency Era Tag (broadly defined as the narrow silhouette inspired by the Classical period, from about 1795 through 1820)
  • Romantic Era Tag (the frilly and highly decorated period of the 1820s through around 1840)
  • Crinoline Era Tag (the age of very full skirts and dropped shoulder-lines, from around 1840 to around 1865)
  • Bustle Era Tag (skirts fluffed out in the back in both the late 1860s to mid 1870s, and the 1880s, with the “natural form” era in between)
  • Turn of the Century Era Tag (in a broad sense of the phrase, around the beginning of the 20th century)
  • Vintage Style Tag (1920s through 1960s; this can refer to original period pieces, reproduction vintage style, or vintage inspired designs)
      Art Deco Era Tag (the slim-hipped, sleek lines of the 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s)
      New Look Era Tag (the full-skirted, nipped waist fashions sparked by Dior’s 1947 New Look collection, popular until the early 1960s)
      Mad Men Style Tag (styles depicted in and re-popularized by the TV show, overlapping with New Look fashions but especially early and mid 1960s narrower skirts and more angular lines)

Browse Clothing Projects and Link Bouquets By Garment Type

This list of tags is also available at the top of the right column of menus. The idea here is that you can browse through particular types of garments regardless of period, which I think could be useful since there can be so much overlap. The tags (will) include include my own project posts and tutorials as well as Link Bouquet entries with sets of external links to related tutorials and otherwise informative-and-education posts.

Other Tags Which Can Be Used for Browsing

I try to be very thorough when tagging posts, in the hopes of creating more ways of navigating the site in search of relevant information. Not all theme and technique tags are listed in the right-side menu “Clothing Projects by Theme or Technique,” but there will soon be an index-type page for miscellaneous tags, which can be tidily sub-divided for ease of navigation. Then only the most basic, broad, or popular tags of this sort will remain in the above-mentioned menu.

Searching This Site

At the bottom of the site layout’s right-side menu there is a site search option. The site can also be searched directly on Google by going to Google and entering ( penguin), without the parentheses. Of course, you probably won’t find a lot of penguins here, so you might want to try searching for something else.

Making It Easier To Navigate This Site

If you have any suggestions about other and/or better ways that this site could be organized, or suggestions about content you’d like to see added, linked to, or expanded upon, please feel free to contact me! I would love to hear from anyone using this site. My email address is ava dot trimble at gmail dot com.

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