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Fashion Era Series: Sumerian (#3)

The Sumerians are the earliest known civilization in the historic region of southern Mesopotamia.  Believed to have lived from c. 4100 – 1750 BCE. This part of the world can get very hot during the year, so some of the statues with few garments would not be out of line with the climate. 

In researching Sumerian culture, the images that are presented provide an account of the types of costume they would have worn during that period of time. It appears men wore what looks to be some type of robe maybe that they pulled over their heads – shoulder straps that connected to the back that was lower than the front. Most representations of men appear to wear a costume that is wrapped and tied about the waist. 

The Smithsonian has a statue “Rim-Sin Carrying Clay” – this is a statue of the King of that time. He appears to be rounded at the bottom half as if he were wearing what we would call a “skirt”. However, there does not appear to be a costume on his upper half. [1]

In the book Development of Sumerian Art by Wooley C Leonard[2], there are a handful of complete statues that definitively separate the male and female. The male continues to wear a costume on the lower half – in a circular shape (as such we would call it a “skirt”) and the women appear to have what appears to be a “strap” of same material as the rest of the costume – it goes around her one shoulder – it most likely connects the front and back parts of the costume.

In much the same way we study existing extant garments from before the 17th Century and thereafter, we can study the art, carvings, and symbols from a long-ago culture/society/people. Studying these items, provides much detail to their lives, and allows us to look in for ourselves. I have included several images below. These I clipped from the book that is referenced.

Leave a thought in the comments. What do you see in the images?


[1] https://www.si.edu/object/rim-sin-carrying-clay-foundation-deposit-figure:nmnhanthropology_8503940?edan_q=sumerian&destination=/search/collection-images&searchResults=1&id=nmnhanthropology_8503940

[2] https://archive.org/details/in.gov.ignca.33972/page/n77/mode/2up

Week in Review and Year of the Ox

Well, here I am again, on Friday morning writing this post. I had this whole thing sort of wrote in my head or how I wanted to write it. 

It has been a very busy week around here: from outlines for marketing plans and policy and procedure templates to PayPal accounts and setting systems for new clients. This is the part of owning a small business that I find tedious but necessary.)  

In the historic gown class I am taking we started on the sewing this week. I was working on that some yesterday, I needed a small break from the “busy” and hand stitching allows my brain to sort of slow down and relax some. (Right now as I am typing this there was a beautiful Blue Jay right outside my office window – he flew away, now there is a sparrow). There went the hawk, he was on the roof of my house. So graceful. 

So let me just admit, that I have a little attention problem today. It is Friday after all. So where was I again? Ah, yes, the busy of the week. The client’s historic recreation shirt and dress is moving along nicely. The pattern pieces have been completed and all materials and supplies have been delivered (Thank you Burnley & Trowbridge for being on the ball with your orders.) In fact, I cut out the pieces for the shirt last evening. I also began working with the dyes to get the right color for the dress. More tries today, the color had a little too much red. This is the fun part – I get to play with colors. 

I think that catches ya’ll up with happenings here…. Oh no wait, we have begun the face lift, or office destruction/construction, whatever ye shall choose to call it. This means that we (by we, I mean the cats and I) have moved out of the studio and into the large part of the basement temporarily. This is an adjustment for me, Anna and the cats take it all in stride. 

So today marks the New Year for the Chinese – they get a new animal every year (has to do with the transition of zodiac signs). So cool. This year is the year of the Ox. Their celebration can last up to 16 days, however, only the first 7 are considered public holiday. Their celebration culminates with the Lantern Festival. If you follow the link, you will find more information. I just thought it was interesting. Here in the states, our New Year’s celebration is well, one evening and culminates with the annual drop of the ball right before Midnight. Short, simple, not steeped in tradition, as we are a people of many cultures. 

Welcome to February!

Hello all you wonderful people, 

Here we are Feb 5th, 2021. It seems as if time is moving faster than ever here at Lucky 7 Studios. We have a lot planned for this month. Regular Blog Posts on Fridays. Social posts during the week (you might want to watch the socials, there may be a surprise in there). This month’s video will be about patternmaking. And we are going live on February 24th on our YouTube for a Q & A and general discussion. Be sure to mark your calendars. 

Current projects include… well ok, I had to stop and make something for myself this past week. I made Seamwork Beckett Member Hack (it’s a denim jumper/bibs/skirt). Yes, occasionally I like to do something quick. So moving on… I have a customer that wants Elizabeth Bennet’s dress and shirt from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice – so that pattern making is in process. 

I am taking Introduction to Mantua-making: An 18th Century English Gown in Miniature through Burnley & Trowbridge Co. This has me very exciting, I am learning so many new things. So this week we cut out the pattern, fabric, and lining. 

I have decided for the Victorian Era costume, I will be making an 1890 day dress. I have yet to start on the pattern work, but that is coming soon. Oh, maybe I will use that for the patternmaking video – what do you think? 

As I sat here and wrote that, I realized I did have a productive week and that may be why it flew by so fast….. 

Until next time, unless you follow on Lucky 7’s socials… stay warm… 

~Jennifer

Dropping Our First Video Today

Hello lovelies, 

Today’s post includes the first video for Lucky 7 Studios. We are extremely excited that you are here and look forward to many more videos to come. 

This video is my working studio before. It is a little messy even after I have cleaned it up. I seem to work well in chaos. Ok, that isn’t quite so true. I am not sure it is quite chaos… or maybe it is. Depends on your perspective. However, everything does not have a home and the sewing table is a little smaller than I need. You can see my design wall of sorts. This is where my ideas go when they leave my head. [lightbulb with finger pointing image]. The shelves on the wall above my sewing and serger machine are where much of my notions and haberdashery live. There is a corner (you can see I hang my patterns and muslins) but the fuse box for the power is hidden there and, well… living in a rural area, sometimes, things sort of trip for no reason. (ok, I probably overloaded something somewhere). The big white hutch is a catchall for all things, sewing related or not.  Patterns, fabric, notions, books, instructions, vintage cameras…. You get the point, I think we all have one of these somewhere. The black dresser is full of muslin, fashion fabric, lining, organza, quilting fabric, interfacing and more…. The sewing machine in the table is on the list of priorities to be cleaned up and useable before “farm season” starts around here. 

Thank you for visiting. We look forward to showing you the “after” video when the facelift is complete. For now, stay tuned for Februarys video – we will be making patterns for the forthcoming fall/winter 2021 collection and a preview of the pattern for the Victorian Dress. We may have some special fur guests also. 

27 Hangers

I am confident by now that we have all heard about minimalism and how a minimal lifestyle can be healthy. If you can answer yes to any of the questions below… you might want to continue reading…

  • Do you have trouble finding things in your house?
  • Do you have a lot of clothes but nothing to wear?
  • Do you have boxes or bags of things that haven’t been opened in years?
  • Are you tired of fast fashion and ready to wear clothes that do not fit?
  • Do you really need X number of (Insert what you have too much – shoes for example)?
  • Do you know what minimalist living is about?

There are so many ways to become minimalistic, not only in general but in our wardrobes. One way is the 3 X 3 X 3 grid that will provide you with a total of 27 possible outfits. This is limited to only garments. When I began looking at the 27-hanger system I began to see it has more options and includes not only garments but other items. So without further ado:

  • 7 bottoms (skirts, pants, shorts)
  • 14 tops (t-shirt, button down, boatneck)
  • 3 layering (jackets, sweaters)
  • 3 dresses
  • 1 bag
  • 3 shoes
  • 7 accessories


The bottoms, tops, and layering alone provide 294 possible combinations. The skirts and layering provide another 9 possible combinations. For a total of 303 possible outfits before you would need to wear the same one again. This is your capsule wardrobe. Now imagine opening your closet or your dresser drawers and only seeing garments that fit and coordinate. The key to this system (or any other) is to keep the garments in color harmony.

The benefits to this system are outstanding. Less time deciding what to wear. Less time doing laundry. Fewer garments when you pack to go on a trip. Less clutter. Less time cleaning up the clothes that are piled everywhere. There are many more but these get you seeing the benefits.

Periods of Costume – An Introduction

Costume definition – a set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period:  distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity of epoch. (en.wikipedia.org)

Why an Introduction? This is the first in a series of blogs about different costume periods in time. When beginning the research for this post, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of books, blogs, academic journal articles, and more that are related to this particular topic. I will not bore you with all those details. But I will say this series may never end…. As time goes on, there are more and more periods of costumes being defined all the time – even as I sit here, what I may think is 21st Century 2000 – 2009 may really be something else. 

So the story goes, here lies the time periods I will post about: 

  • Ancient World
  • Middle Ages
  • 14th Century
  • 15th Century
  • 16th Century
  • 17th Century
  • 18th Century
  • 19th Century
  • 20th Century

Each of these is broken into smaller categories/time periods. For example, Ancient World contains prehistoric, Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Sumerian, and Minoan. I will start at the beginning and blog to the present two to three times a month (I may jump around every once in a while… you won’t want to miss these). They will arrive on Tuesdays. My greatest hope is some converstaion can be started! 

The End of One…. Is the beginning of Another

Just as one door closed, ok more like slammed in my face, there was a slightly cracked, very brightly colored door down the hall…. it beckoned to me from a distance, as it had for some time… This time, it seemed to shout …. “Hey You!” …. I ran down the hall – hoping the door didn’t close before I arrived…. and I bust it open! What to my surprise did I see? My Lucky 7 Studios business waiting for me! It had been beckoning, pulling me to come in from the hall…. I stood there in awe and wonder… I finally walked through the doorway and the lights came on so bright and enlightened the entire space! Oh, how beautiful…

This was the beginning of a new journey, a new adventure! A freedom to be as creative as I choose and to build this business on a foundation that will stand the test of time! It will be seeped in personality with carefully created and crafted garments.

2021 is full of hope and dreams, not only for Lucky 7 Studios, but for all those who wish to dream! Take the leap and allow Lucky 7 Studios to create a custom made garment tailored just for you! If you want a capsule wardrobe, that can be done too! Oh, you want a special wedding dress that you cannot find anywhere – well, we can help that become a reality!

The goals for 2021 may seem lofty this year, but it is time to stand up and be heard!

  1. 2 historically accurate garments, 1 from there Victorian Era, 1 from the Edwardian Era
  2. 2, yes 2, Fashion shows.
    1. the fall/winter 2021 show will be presented in the late spring digitally (you are not going to want to miss this)
    2. the spring/summer 2022 show will be presented Live in Salem, OH on August 14th – you definitely do not want to miss this one!
  3. A monthly video (on YouTube) showcasing some of the current work, techniques we use, or maybe something crazy!
  4. Weekly Blog posts and newsletters.

Throughout the year, there may be an opportunity for a percentage off a custom design or gift give-a-way, so you might want to follow along!

We will be taking client custom orders – so do not fear, we are here to help you achieve the look you so desire!

Follow us on any of our social medias…. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Business, Facebook group, YouTube, and of course here on the blog and the website. There are changes coming to the sight, you won’t want to miss! 2021 will be the BEST year yet!

Custom Pattern and Instructions

Good Morning,

While you are reading this I am busy baking breads and cookies to share this holiday season.

It has been a rough year for everyone – even my cats are confused!

I wanted to share another service that Lucky 7 Studios offers to our customers and clients – custom patternmaking with personal instructions! Yes, that is exactly what I said – if you are a sewer – we can make a custom pattern using your measurements – I know that is Crazy!

The overall process is well…. Here let me explain …

My mother has this dress that she absolutely LOVES! She is a sewer and could not find a pattern that matched that dress. We scoured the internet and looked at all the big name pattern companies and as many small independent ones I could find. We could not even find anything similar to her dress. She was sad to say the least.

She knew I made patterns and custom clothes – She asked me of I could make a pattern using her dress. I said “of course” – this was going to be easier than recreating something from nothing.

So she sent me her dress in the mail – COVID and all…. What follows are the general steps to complete such product/service. (There will be more photos at the end)

  • Step 1 – evcaluate the garment to setermine the number of pattern pieces
  • Step 2 – take measurements of everything – more than once.
  • Step 3 – begin to draft the pieces
  • Step 4 – verify their accuracy to measurements and to the garment
  • Step 5 – Determine seam allowances
  • Step 6 – Draft final pattern pieces
  • Step 7 – Photograph and upload each piece
  • Step 8 – Complete the instructions for client/customer (this is a LONG process)
  • Step 9 – Ship pattern & instructions to client, including the Lucky 7 Studios label

This same process can also be done from a sketch, an idea you have, a photo of a garment that you love, or many other things. Your measurements and the idea are all that are needed to get started!

If you are interested in this service and would like more information please contanct Jennifer at jennifer.adams@lucky-7-studios.com to discuss your project and recieve a personalized quote.

More Photos:

Black Friday 2020

Wow! How different everything looks this year. I have personally only ever actually participated in 2 black Friday shopping experiences. I prefer to stay home and shop another day. However, this year, it is very different in so many ways. With the rise in COVID cases rising exponentially, it is a risk to go out and shop.

Since, many are shopping online, why not schedule a personal clothing consultation. How would you like to look in your closet and know that EVERY. SINGLE. GARMENT is made to fit you and only you, not just the measurements, but the overall appearance? What about opening your closet and instead of being overwhelmed by all the garments you just had to have (fast fashion anyone?) and “nothing to wear” – what if you had an intentional wardrobe, a capsule wardrobe, a wardrobe designed and tailored just for you?

I know I prefer it that way. I am personally working through my closet, as I make more garments that are to my taste and fit, I am removing ones that no longer serve a purpose and it is amazing to pull a dress on that fits just right, or able to grab a blouse and skirt and not only look good but feel good in them also.

So, for Black Friday this year, there are 3, yes I said 3, specials:

  1. If you schedule a wardrobe consultation for next week, by Sunday, 29 November 2020 at 11:59pm, the consultation fee will be waived and a 10% reduction on the cost of one garment at the time of deposit on your first garment.
  2. If 8 people schedule a wardrobe consultation (for any time before December 31, 2020, 11:59 PM) by Sunday, 29 November 2020 at 11:59pm – I will choose one name at random to receive 50% off their entire first custom garment order.
  3. Some places charge upwards of $100 or more for a consultation, for a limited time (December 31, 2020, 11:59 PM), Lucky 7 Studios will only charge $25.00.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday! My hope is ya’ll are enjoying your days even with everything that is happening here in the USA and around the world! In the forthcoming weeks, the new website will be up and fully functional. I am excited to go on this new adventure with Lucky 7 Studios and all it has to bring.

Pages to come:

  • News
  • Designs
  • Process
  • Calendar
  • About
  • Contact
  • and more

There will be a new Instagram and Twitter and Facebook will be totally revamped. The goal is to eventually bring you a new video every other week – to look into the many parts and pieces of Lucky 7 Studios and a look inside the studio (this will be the first video).

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