1800s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Historical undergarments from the Victorian era

By on November 19, 2015

Hello everyone!

A few months ago, I decided to construct an entire Victorian outfit. And in doing so, one always start from the inside out, building a foundation and the right silhouette for the finished ensemble.

Today I was finally able to dress up in my very first set of Victorian undergarments, complete with chemise, split crotch drawers and corset. And it felt and looked rather splendid ūüôā The process has been really interesting, and I have learned so much about womens wear of the 19th century.

 

The pattern for this set is Laughing Moon #100, the corset is the Silverado version with bust gores. It is a good pattern for first time corsetiers, and since it includes chemises and drawers it really is good value for money.

If you would like to follow my journey towards the finished outfit, or just read more about these first pieces, you can do so here.

Thanks for looking, and happy sewing!

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1800s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

Final School Project.

By on May 7, 2015

So I just finish getting unpacked and finally back at home again since leaving school. I had a blasted with all my learning and wanted to show everyone my Final ladies wear project.

So the dress is based on a description in These happy Golden Years by Laura ingots Wilder. I do love Little house on the Prairie books still at 26 and can’t want to read them to my own children one day! ¬†and further information from the manuscript pioneer girl.

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The dress was described as a pink Lawn with delicate blue and red flowers and green leaves.  The waist was tight fitting with two rows of 1/2 inch tucks on either side of the button closure that had tiny pearl buttons, the back have also IMG_2629IMG_2592

Two rows of tucks.  and the Sleeves with long to the elbow with a hems of more tucks. I added a cute ruffle to the sleeves to tie in the ruffles.

The skirt it self was made from straight panels of fabric, gathered into a tiny waistband and every three inches with a 1/2 tuck…all away around the skirt. with a ruffle just under the last tuck that just reached her toes.

it was made in either 1884-85 , between the books she either made it before she got engaged in 84 for the fourth of July, or before she got married in 85, for the fourth of July.

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i wanted a separate structure

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.IMG_2551  And alas living in Canada finding cotton lawn anywhere is next to impossible, and to order online it would of be 10 a yard and Laura herself used 10 yards.. I ended up using about 6-7 of the material i bought.  Which ended up being a cotton gauze for 3 meter. and i bought 10 meters of safety lol

And with a little adjustment to the bodice, mostly letting out the back side seams and possibly the side seams and finding a way to make it longer as i have my bust then my fit model did and a longer torso, I should be able to wear it for myself! After i make myself a corset, or alter this one!. its a 36 bust and my bust is 39, and its much to short as were the hips are in the corset, well its at my waist on me. if that makes any sense! thanks for reading!

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1800s | Mens | Pants / Trousers

Edwardian Waistcoat and trousers.

By on February 25, 2015

So been crazy busy with school but its reading week so I have some time to post some things I have been making lately.  Last semester I had a major Tailoring project which consisted of a waist coat and trousers. I ended choosing the edwardian era, about 1895 was the year I choose.

Before I came to school, I have never made mens wear or anything so time consuming, with all the canvas, slip stitching and cross stiching, india tape and etc.

This was also my first pair of trouser with a fly zip i have made. Which I know is not period accurate. But it’s costume studies we need simple and easy for quick changes if they are necessary.

It’s made from 100% pure wool and lining material that was originally blue satin which did not work out so i switch out for black.

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and by chance I actually fit into my final project so I wear my waistcoat with jeans or some of my circle skirts. the trousers only fit because of the pockets that all my hips to fit into the pants!

Also not really retro, but this semester we made jacket. Totally got my teacher to let me make the latest doctors jacket and it fits!

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Fashion history fix

By on November 6, 2014

Just a little remark to any readers who live in the Netherlands or are visiting here in the coming months: The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague is hosting the exhition “Romantic Fashions”, about 19th century fashion, until the end of March.

overzicht I don’t really sew historical costumes myself, but that doesn’t mean I would like to miss an opportunity to drool over every single little detail…

20I’ve blogged about my visit here and I’ve made a Pinterest board with all my pictures.

32Seeing all these really makes me want to try my hand at some serious costuming…

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1800s | 1930s | 1960s

Vintage Knitting

By on September 9, 2014

Hi all! I actually have a sweater to show you guys that my mother graciously made for me. It took her a year, so I’ve been waiting for it for a while. But nevertheless, it’s very nice. It’s a pattern from the book¬†A Stitch in Time volume 2.¬†The yarn is a colonial blue, made of 100% wool I believe. I picked some cool buttons I had in my stash, I have reason to believe they are from the late 1800’s. They are made out of bone, and are a lot more yellow than in my picture.

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I also happen to be wearing some pants that I made a short while ago. I know that 1960’s bell bottoms don’t go with a 1930’s sweater, but whatever.

Hope you guys like it, I would definitely recommend this pattern if anyone wants to knit!

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1800s

A Bit of Victorian Fashion for You

By on April 11, 2014

I have recently been cleaning out some of my hoard of sewing patterns and books and thought you all might enjoy a few “fashion plates”.

Above is the fashion plate for Peterson’s February 1879. It is the whole reason I started collecting Victorian fashion magazines. I completely fell in love with the black ensemble second from the right.

I love the green and pink in this fashion plate. Fashion plates are all hand colored, so they the colors can sometimes vary depending on the lady who painted them.

For more visit my blog EleanorMeriwether.blogspot.com

xoxo

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Discoveries in a Victorian Trunk

By on February 21, 2014

Hi everyone! I have been lurking more than posting these days, but I recently made a discovery I couldn’t keep to myself.

I just love Craigslit. I check it with enthusiasm daily. A few weeks ago a man posted that his wife’s Grandmother’s trunk had been found in the attic and it was full of Victorian clothing. Not just any Victorian clothing I would soon find out, but some as old as 1840. I was stoked. The only thing I didn’t like about the listing was that it said to make an offer, which is something I HATE to do. Not because I’m uncomfortable doing it, but you can never tell if people are going to be offended with what you offer them, weather or not it is a fair or more than fair price.

So I made an offer and he took it! So I drove the 1.5 hrs across the state and picked up my lovely trunk contents (he kept the trunk, which was fine with me!) I am a happy girl!

Here are a few bits of eye candy. See more on my blog!

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