Inspiration: A Vintage Sewing Room

Inspiration: A Vintage Sewing Room

Sarah Rainwater
Sep 2, 2009

Maybe it's because we see so many great spaces filled with vintage and thrifted treasures, but (aside from a few obvious details) we almost feel like this adorable sewing room could exist in the present day rather than in another century.

The room is actually a 19th century milliner's shop in a recreated seaside village at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. There are so many covetable elements in this space we don't know where to begin: the antique dress form and bench … the display of combs and hat pins … the vintage pattern book.

Mystic Seaport is well worth a day trip before the weather gets cold (it's about half way between Boston and New York, roughly a two hour drive from either city, and about 45 minutes from Providence). For the nautical fanatic, there is a whole waterfront of historic ships, exhibits of maps and seaport history, and the museum shop boasts an excellent selection of maritime collectibles. For someone with a creative bent, there is a surprising amount of inspiration. The recreated village includes a print shop complete with wood type and a working press from the 1800s, a ship carver, and a real blacksmith shop where smithing classes are offered in the evenings.

For hours and admission information, visit

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