1910s

for many, many moons now i’ve wanted to adapt this dinner dress of lady mary’s (circa 1918 in the show) into something wearable and a little more modern for myself. you may even recall some of my earlier ideas. after a few false starts, i settled on adapting the design to a t-shirt as the [...]

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our office holiday party was on friday, which obviously required a new dress. not only was it my first time to dress up in a little while, my company was recently acquired and there were 300 new co-workers on whom to make an impression. i had been wanting for a while to riff on one [...]

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This is not a new project but I’m planning on making a new one for decoration so I’m trying to recall what I learned from the last one. I bought this Edwardian dummy pattern at Atelier Sylphe Corsets. The pattern is very precise and comes together without tweaking. For me, the instructions were enough but [...]

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I made this version of Lady Edith’s black floral blouse from Season 1 of Downton Abbey way back in January but I never got around to making a skirt to go with it…. at least until now! The skirt is Butterick 9682 from 1915 which is available from Past Patterns. It has pockets! Early 20th [...]

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    SIMPLICITY 8399 VIEW A Pattern: Simplicity 8399 Misses’ Titanic inspired costume. View A. Pattern sizing: N 10,12,14. I cut a size 12. Fabric: 100% white cotton for bodice lining. 100% dyed satin silk for bodice lining and underskirt. Black chiffon for second overskirt. Sari fabric for bodice and overskirt. I made this Titanic style gown for [...]

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I’ve been busy sewing away on another Downton Abbey inspired piece. For Easter, I decided to sew up Mary’s Garden Party/Flower Show dress from season 1. I used Vogue 8648 as a starting point and then drafted away to make the piece more like Mary’s dress. I also got to use a piece of my [...]

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I just finished my most recent Edwardian sewing project, a very wearable version of this blouse worn by Sybil in season 1 and Edith in season 2 of Downton Abbey. I went with a darker color palette to match my winter sewing colors but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It looks really [...]

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This just popped up on my Facebook feed.  I was a Girl Scout for about a week so I could go to camp with my cousin Mary, but my mother was a die-hard Scout for fifteen years.  My brother considers himself a third-generation Eagle Scout because Mom was a Curved Bar (highest rank at the [...]

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working on my titanic-style dress for last week’s sew weekly means i actually cannot stop thinking about downton abbey and its influence on my current mood boards. i love lady mary’s formal dinner gown from series two–especially now that i can see it is blue, not black. (which should have been obvious–wouldn’t it be inappropriate [...]

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it’s an obsession, and many of us have it: the clothes in downton abbey. i’m sure loads of you have been scouring the internet for thoughts on how you might get an exact look–or, if you’re like me, you’ve been collecting images and adapting them to patterns you’ve seen or may already own, modern and [...]

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