I am sewing this 1910′s blouse at the moment as a mock-up for the real deal. I just can’t figure out the instructions for the cuffs..if you click on the pictures you should be able to zoom in and read it. Could anybody help me out? I have never come across cuffs like this before!
thanks so much!
Hi We Sewists!
Back in late November I posted about a mystery Montgomery Ward catalogue that I had luckily come into possession of.
With the help of We Sew Retro contributors Tesia, Timewarpedwoman, Jessamyn, Matilda’s Girl, Cathy, Anne, Ivy, Patrice, Melissa and Tania I’ve been able to successfully date the catalogue as 1919!
Navy blue wool serge with black and red trimmings
The website links the above contributors supplied in the comments were invaluable… (and pretty addictive too!).
I’ve also just now had another confirmation of 1919… one tiny paragraph on the diamond rings page…
1919's newest styles
I know… how did I miss the diamond rings section?!
I guess I was too busy ogling the asbestos tablecloth and place mats, toy machine guns and the maternity corsets… ouch!
1919's maternity and nursing corsets
Thanks again for all the help!
I’ve been quiet on here for a while. One reason is that I’ve been super busy, but the other is that I’ve been working on Edwardian undergarments for more Downton Abbey type sewing this year!
My 19teens corset! I made it from a pattern that the blogger Festive Attyre made from an antique corset that she thinks is from 1916 or so. This is my first real corset that I made with coutil and steel boning.
I also made a 19teens early brassier from a pattern made by blogger Historically Dressed from an antique brassier and 1913 combinations made from a reprint of an antique pattern.
I adore my combinations! They are super fun to wear!
I’m already working on a 1914 dress but in the meantime you can see more of my Edwardian sewing here: Dressing Downton Projects, brassier and combinations, corset.
Well, it’s not an exact reproduction – but it’s definitely inspired by Happiness!
This was constructed for the character of Cinderella in a local production of ‘Into the Woods’. Rather than go traditional Renaissance-esque fairy tale, I decided to set my upper classes in a vaguely Edwardian/Victorian look. I’ve always LOVED the Lucile ‘Happiness’ dress, designed by Lady Duff-Gordon, and thought it would make a great “ball gown” for Cinderella.
Done in silver silk duiponi with applied gold lace, old-gold embroidered polyester, sheer gold net lace, and gold Venise lace trim. Lavender silk duiponi for the cummerbund. The silver skirt and net bodice are removable, so the gold underdress can be used for a cute little 50′s-esque dress by itself. If I can get my pinking sheers to work, I’d like to add a layer of self-fabric pleated trim around the silver skirt to give it a little more texture – but my pinking shears are just eating through the silk. Don’t know if it’s because they’re crappy pinking shears (probably) or if they just don’t like the silk.
The net was surprisingly easy to work with, and I was super glad I had enough that I could make good use of the scalloped edge for the front of the bodice.