Pages: [1] 2   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Tailor Shop at Genessee Country Village  (Read 5569 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Jim_Ruley
Senior Research
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1386


Tailor at work


« on: July 13, 2011, 04:00:34 PM »

Last weekend I had the privelege of working in an original tailor shop at Genessee Country Village, Mumford, NY.  This building dates to 1849 and is known to have been used by an Irish tailor.  It looks small from the outside, but the front room is an ideal size for a one or two person shop.

The "proprietor" standing in the front door:



Doing a little hand basting while seated on the counter in the traditional sartorial posture:



Here I am basting the interlining into a vest.  Living quarters are in the back.  Sample garments (actually my own stuff) and two items under construction hanging on pegs in the background.



Machining a pocket stay with an 1882 Singer Model 12:



Enjoy,

Jim Ruley
Logged
Anna Worden Bauersmith
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 3610



WWW
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 06:22:38 PM »

Jim,
It was wonderful knowing you were at home in the tailor shop. I remember how long Stuart wanted to acquire that building. He would have been quite pleased to know you were there bringing it to life so well.
Logged

Anna Worden Bauersmith
http://annaworden.wordpress.com/
Straw & Winter Millinery - Available on Etsy
Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases & Needle-books
From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet
Catherine Molanphy
Guest
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 07:49:29 PM »

Thanks for posting, Jim. I had the pleasure of visiting the Tailor Shop at GCV during their War of 1812 weekend at the end of June! I also prefer the cross-legged pose, but alas! I will never be a tailor, and will never be able to sit that way in public in period dress! (For *obvious* reasons...)
Logged
rrbeers
Guest
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 08:26:40 PM »

Excellent photos! More incentive to go to Mumford next year...
Logged
Malinda Byrne
Veteran Scribbler
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 618



WWW
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 08:27:17 PM »

Jim,
It was a pleasure to see you there!  
Malinda
Logged

Malinda Byrne
Elizabeth
Administrator
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 7892


WWW
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 09:51:15 PM »

Lovely! Thanks for posting these, Jim!
Logged

Regards,
Elizabeth
NoahBriggs
Guest
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2011, 02:22:49 AM »

Really cool pics!  I see you were tapping into your old "table monkey" days!
Logged
Joanna Jones
Guest
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 06:27:16 AM »

Would someone be able to give some information on the event at Mumford?  Is it every year?  Do many of the Academy members come?

Looking for a road trip next summer but I have to plan waaaaay in advance, like December  Cry

thanks,

Joanna
Logged
BetsyConnolly
Veteran Scribbler
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 785



WWW
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 07:31:05 AM »

Those are some of the coolest pictures I've seen in a while. Well done!

Joanna, I'm with you. I make a great co-pilot Cheesy
Logged

Betsy Connolly
Living History Society of Minnesota
In The Past Lane - my blog
Anna Worden Bauersmith
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 3610



WWW
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011, 08:12:44 AM »

The event is each year in July. The event info usually comes out in January. It is an invitation only event. We can get you more information on that if you let Bevin or I know you are interested. (Hope that is okay, Bevin.)
Logged

Anna Worden Bauersmith
http://annaworden.wordpress.com/
Straw & Winter Millinery - Available on Etsy
Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases & Needle-books
From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet
Mary Warren
Dedicated Scribbler
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 267


http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p278/marywarns/


« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2011, 05:16:38 PM »

Joanna & Betsy,  I want to go too.  Let's carpool!  I've got a car with plenty of room.
Logged

Mary Warren

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.?  ?  ?  Thomas Jefferson
Carolann Schmitt
Senior Research
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 4272


WWW
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2011, 05:56:58 PM »

The event is each year in July. The event info usually comes out in January. It is an invitation only event. We can get you more information on that if you let Bevin or I know you are interested. (Hope that is okay, Bevin.)

Anna/Bevin -

Is it usually held the same weekend in July, i.e. the second weekend or the third weekend, etc?  I've wanted to come to this event for years and received a special invitation several years ago.  Unfortunately, the information has always arrived much too late to fit it into my calendar.  Sad

Like Joanna, I have to plan waaaaaay in advance.  I'd love to have even a tentative date as soon as possible so I can request leave from my 21st century job (our 2012 requests have to be in 9-12 months in advance due to an impending FCC deadline), and so I don't schedule a 2012 class the same weekend (the 2012 schedule for Gettysburg classes has to be finalized by August 10 this year). 

I realize the date could change, that it's an invitation-only event, and I may not get invited; but it would be very helpful to have a tentative date for those of us who need to plan accordingly.  Smiley

Regards,
Carolann
Logged

Carolann Schmitt - Only a historian understands how much you need to know in order to recognize how much you don't know. - Elizabeth Ann Coleman
cschmitt@genteelarts.com
www.genteelarts.com
Joanna Jones
Guest
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2011, 06:41:14 PM »

Carolann - YOU?  Not invited?  Pu-lease!
Logged
Carolann Schmitt
Senior Research
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 4272


WWW
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2011, 07:50:57 PM »

I never count my chickens before they're hatched.  Smiley  Wink  Smiley

Logged

Carolann Schmitt - Only a historian understands how much you need to know in order to recognize how much you don't know. - Elizabeth Ann Coleman
cschmitt@genteelarts.com
www.genteelarts.com
K Krewer
Senior Research
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1406


Madame Goldschmidt


« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 07:39:59 AM »

I've just discovered -- to my shock -- that this site is closer to my "new" Michigan home than going back to Illinois -- less than 6 hours across Canada.  And Toronto is only 4 - ish hours.  Whodathunk?   Clearly I have some exploring to do.....
Logged

K Krewer
Anna Worden Bauersmith
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 3610



WWW
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2011, 07:56:32 AM »

I am glad there is so much interest. I've been fond of this village since I was little. Over the past couple years there have been steady changes in accessible, interactive programs/interpretation. I'll find out if it will be the second or third weekend this next year. The weekend was adjusted this year due to the anniversary event for Manassas.
Logged

Anna Worden Bauersmith
http://annaworden.wordpress.com/
Straw & Winter Millinery - Available on Etsy
Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases & Needle-books
From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet
NanciG
Frequent Scribbler
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 207


« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2011, 07:59:45 AM »

Wow, those photos are great!  Jim, what kind of sewing machine are you using in the picture?

Nanci Gasiel
Logged
Jim_Ruley
Senior Research
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1386


Tailor at work


« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2011, 03:06:06 PM »

The machine is a Singer Model 12.  This was known as the "New Family" model and was first produced in 1863 or 65, depending on the source Smiley.  According to the serial number, this particular one was made in 1882.  I equipped it with an 1890's style bobbin winder so as not to need three hands for that operation, and the crank is a later style as well.  The previous owner was using it for a table centerpiece before putting it on e-bay.  Despite all it's been through it sews quite well.

Here are a couple of photos (with the original treadle style bobbin winder):






Singer made a similar but larger Model 13 "Medium" which would be more appropriate for a tailor, but they seem to be quite rare.  Maybe some day...
« Last Edit: July 15, 2011, 03:11:34 PM by Jim_Ruley » Logged
Denise Butler
Scribblor Infinitus
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1069


Welcome to the home of Matilda Joslyn Gage!


« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2011, 04:04:22 PM »

Mr. Ruley, thank you for posting the pictures! It was also a pleasure seeing you in the shop; you looked very much at home - although I suspect that had something to do with finding you in the "traditional sartorial position."


You don't need an invitation to visit GCV during the CW weekend... I went as a guest, just to enjoy the day and see if I could say hello to fellow forumites that I thought would be there. It is a wonderful historic village.
Logged

Regards,
Denise
KymR
Guest
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2011, 07:21:42 PM »

I can't say enough about Mumford, I was so lucky to be a part of this years events.  Unfortunately I did not make it in to see Jim's work, and I am not sure how I missed that.  I took my kids to Colonial Williamsburg for the first time last year and they called it "the Big Mumford" (different time, I know  Smiley) but somehow I find the size to be rather similar.  It is quite a gem.
Logged
Pages: [1] 2   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines