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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

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!

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1919's maternity and nursing corsets

Thanks again for all the help!

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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.

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On Good Friday, I attended The Dreamstress’s corset making class at the Thread Den in Melbourne.

The day was a blast and I came out with a great little corset and a lot of things learnt, and new people met. To think you can create this in around 10 hours is amazing!

A couple more pics and rambles over at my blog

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It’s officially Mardi Gras day down here in the Crecent City. I made this piece for a solo costume show last season. I was so slammed this year with costume commissions that I neglected to make a costume for myself this year. This is still one of my favorites in my collection. It was one of those pieces that kicked around my head for years before I finally actualized it. I made everything but her pasties, shoes, and wig. The chemise is based off a 70′s peasant blouse pattern. The under bustle and under-bust corset (greatly altered) are both based on Past Patters patterns. The bustle skirt I made sans pattern. It was one of those “make it happen” creations. Everything but the corset are silks. My beautiful friend Oops models it in these pics.

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