Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. Use the menu above to navigate to the topic you are most interested in.
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What are your hopes for this blog?
We hope to encourage young ladies in their walk with God, and inspire them to live a creative lifestyle to His glory. It is our desire that we might impact the lives of our readers, and spread the gospel though our posts. Though our blog becoming a “household name” would be a wonderful blessing, we are content with however much or little God grows us in the blogosphere.
What type of photo editing software do you use?
Charlotte- I use Adobe Camera Raw 6 and VSCO presets to edit our photos, and Adobe Photoshop CC to add text and special effects.
What type of design software do you use?
Charlotte- I use Adobe Illustrator CC to design logos and more detailed “print” design, and Photoshop for image-related projects.
What type of camera & lens do you use?
Charlotte- I use a Canon Rebel T3 with a 50mm 1.8/f lens. I posted more about my camera gear here.
Do any of you happen to use a dress-form when you sew? Is it worth the money to get one?
Brigid wrote– Yes, I do use a dress-form. I received it as a Birthday present last year. It is not a very high tech one, just a regular old dress form like the ones you can buy at Jo-Ann’s.
I do not use it too much, unless I am making my own pattern, or am having fitting issues with a pattern. Though, however, it is very useful in plotting the proper placement of pockets and buttons if you do not have someone to do it for you while you model the garment. I myself am planning on using it much more extensively in the future, as I have some business plans in mind. I would encourage you to purchase one, if you make your own patterns, or have fitting issues.
As to the price, I would strongly encourage you to look on Ebay and Etsy, or even at garage sales. A friend of mine actually purchased an absolutely gorgeous dress-form at a garage sale for a very reasonable price.
How did you learn to sew?
It all started with our Mom, who taught Brigid basic hand sewing and some machine sewing. Brigid, really adoring the hobby, was allowed to go to a sewing camp for a summer where she learned many more techniques and methods. Brigid taught Charlotte basic hand and machine sewing, and has continued to assist both Kathy and Charlotte with her accumulated knowledge on this subject.
How long have you been making and sewing your own clothes?
Brigid– About 7-8 years.
Kathy– Around 5-6 years
Charlotte– About 3-4 years
Jessica– Less than a year
Have you all had singing lessons?
YES! We have been blessed by the training of our voice teacher Mrs. Lynette Sharp for about five years now. We couldn’t ask for a better voice coach and mentor.
Who is your favorite singer/band/group?
We enjoy the following:
- The Andrews Sisters
- The McGuire Sisters
- The Dining Sisters
- The Clark Sisters (also known as The Sentimentalists)
- Deanna Durbin
- Bing Crosby
- Martha Tilton
- The Glen Miller Band…
Yes, a lot of oldies 🙂
How do you talk to guy friends? When does a Friendship with a guy go too far? How to deal with a crush on a guy, who to your knowledge, does’t like/care for you? How to deal with a guy who has a crush on you that you don’t care for?
Jessica covered all of these questions in a post, so if you are interested in reading our answers, click here.
What kind of church do you attend?
We attend a reformed Presbyterian Church under the PCA Denomination.
How long have you all been interested in and collecting a vintage wardrobe?
For about 3-4 years now. It really started with our lifelong interest in historic fashion married with inspiration from various blogs that we follow. Influence from blogs like Elegant Musings and Vixen Vintage planted a seed in our minds which would blossom into the styles you see us wear and admire today.
How do you know if a piece of clothing or shoes are vintage or not?
We typically go by a few pointers to figure out if an article of clothing is vintage:
- If there is a zipper, is it metal? If so, then you can probably determine that it is vintage
- What material is the item made out of? Though this is more of a looser guide, it is important to know what fabrics were used when. A few important facts to keep in mind when determining whether an item of clothing is vintage, is that polyester did not exist until the 80s, and dresses from the 40s were typically made of rayon.
- What is the silhouette? Does it have a full, circle skirt? It might be 50s. Does it have broad shoulders, accentuated with shoulder pads, or fine details? It might be 40s, or if it appears to be new, 80s.
What are you tips for staying warm in skirts in winter?
A few tips to stay cozy while wearing skirts in colder weather would be to wear (not all at once, of course- unless you really need to!) long underwear, leggings, tights, and petticoats (not crinolines- unless you want your skirt to really poof out).
Another tip is to tuck in your shirts. It may sound odd, but it really traps the heat and keeps you nice a cozy.
The most important places to cover are your feet and neck/head. As long as those are kept warm, you’ll find that your in pretty good shape during the cold weather.
Was your decision to dress in mostly dresses and skirts a spiritual conviction or just a preference?
It was actually both! We love wearing skirts and dresses, as we find they have more feminine attributes than pants (we are NOT against pants, by the way), and they can be very modest and practical.
As far as spirituality goes on this topic; when we first moved to Ohio (about 6 years ago), Jessica was going through the stage in life (aka, getting a more ‘womanly’ figure) where it was more vital that she be modest to a greater extent in her dress than in her girlhood years, which really opened us up to alternative ways of covering ourselves. We were exposed to the realm of wearing skirts through various conferences and Bible Studies, much more than back in our home state of WA. We were especially convicted and influenced by by Stacy McDonald’s “Raising Maidens of Virtue” study, by various references to femininity and wearing skirts in that book, which really set us on the track to wearing skirts and dresses more and more.
Do you girls ever work out? And if you do, what do you wear?
Yes we do! We have found and stuck to certain workouts like Walk at Home, 10-minute Full Body Workout, Ashtanga Yoga, or just your average strength-training exercises like push-ups and crunches. Typically we exercise at night, so we don’t have to worry about what we wear (which usually consists of PJs.) Jessica and Charlotte took up running for a little while, and wore homemade “britches” and a grubby, breathable shirt for that exercise.
What do you think of jeans? For home-wear and casual occasions?
We think jeans are a wonderful item of clothing when worn in the right way. We personally have certain regulations that we go by when purchasing or making a pair of pants or jeans, such as the trousers not being to tight around the rear and legs, as those factors can be quite tempting to our brothers in Christ.
Q&A Video Series
Below is our playlist of Q&A videos that we have done over the past years. Have fun watching!