1800s

From late Georgian, through Regency to Victorian. Corsets, bustles and enormous gowns!

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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I am all about the clothes. Well, to be honest, I’m all about writing fantasy and living in a wacky, geeky, fantasy world. In my writer-y life, I hostess our RWA chapter’s annual Readers’ Luncheon and last year I made myself a “steampunk costume.”   Just this week, I finished my first “official” vintage dress [...]

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There is something so fabulous yet terrifying when sewing with plaid. Even more so when said plaid is 100% silk! But when everything comes together, it’s worth it!   Yay for plaid! One trick to using plaid is to find a pattern that is going to work well with plaid. One easy way to know [...]

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I took the last week off to have time for another sewing project and decided to tackle this wonderful victorian era inspired steampunk costume, consisting of jacket, skirt and bustle. I bought dark green dupioni silk in Brussels at Maison des Tissus and beige lace at Maison dorée a few weeks ago (I forgot to [...]

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Okay, this is both not-retro and beyond-retro, but since it’s newly-sewn non-modern clothing, I’m including it.  I also hope it might be helpful to anyone else who sews this pattern, since it’s a common pattern. I have a small group of friends with whom I play “old-timey” music–guitar, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, washtub bass–a few times [...]

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Retro way back to 1840 – 1860! A while back I made these two historically accurate reproductions of Victorian dresses. I used Saundra Ros Altman’s Past Patterns #702 and #801. Past Patterns’ tagline is “The Historical Pattern Company Dedicated to Accuracy” and it is true – Past Patterns always has excellent patterns with very informative [...]

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So as you might have read I have been attempting for over a year to make a regency dress. But really struggled with getting anything to fit/not look like a bedsheet. I did finally come up with 2 ‘outfits’ using the same dress as a base. Used my original mock up (bed sheet) as a [...]

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I am so excited to have made my first bustle of the season It’s Victorian/Steampunk in the most lovely shade of Antler (this was the color name on the bolt) of twill you ever saw! Ok, so I went a little crazy with the fringe, but that can be a good thing right? I think [...]

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Hello WeSewRetro! It’s been a very long time since I last posted here. Some of you might remember Jen’s post about her trip to Paris and London in June, and how she would be happy to meet some fellow vintage lovers there. Several people here said she should go to the Saint Ouen flea market [...]

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