1910s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Lady Edith

By on August 21, 2012

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 century patterns sure have different expectations of the knowledge base of the sewer! I fussed around with the closure for a good while before I got it to work.

I also got to wear my Astorias from American Duchess with this outfit. Yay for historically accurate shoes!

More photos and other costuming shenanigans on my blog. And I’m currently hosting a vintage pattern giveaway!

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1920s | Accessories | Downton Abbey Inspired

Quick cuffs

By on April 24, 2012

A local station is showing Downton Abbey Season 1, and I’ve been glued to the screen. Remember when Mrs. Hughes goes off to the fair to meet an old flame? Her dress had a bit of lace at neck & wrists. Here’s the only photo I could locate (from ITV). It only shows neckline, but sleeve edges were the same lace.

Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey (courtesy ITV)
Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey (courtesy ITV)

The lace is probably sewn into place,  sans gathers.  These little wristlets weren’t,  and can be used with sweaters, blouses, and suit jackets, as in this example.


For my purposes wider lace was used, but narrower would work, too – don’t you think? A simple gather with narrow elastic, knotted, then lacy raw edges sewn together.  Easy peasy!

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