1800s | Mens | Pants / Trousers

Edwardian Waistcoat and trousers.

By on February 25, 2015

So been crazy busy with school but its reading week so I have some time to post some things I have been making lately.  Last semester I had a major Tailoring project which consisted of a waist coat and trousers. I ended choosing the edwardian era, about 1895 was the year I choose.

Before I came to school, I have never made mens wear or anything so time consuming, with all the canvas, slip stitching and cross stiching, india tape and etc.

This was also my first pair of trouser with a fly zip i have made. Which I know is not period accurate. But it’s costume studies we need simple and easy for quick changes if they are necessary.

It’s made from 100% pure wool and lining material that was originally blue satin which did not work out so i switch out for black.

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and by chance I actually fit into my final project so I wear my waistcoat with jeans or some of my circle skirts. the trousers only fit because of the pockets that all my hips to fit into the pants!

Also not really retro, but this semester we made jacket. Totally got my teacher to let me make the latest doctors jacket and it fits!

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1910s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Dresses

Downton Abbey Day Dress

By on July 23, 2013

I just adore Downton Abbey and I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to sew from some reprinted Edwardian patterns this year! ūüėÄ

This dress is 1914-1915 which would be at the end of season 1 of Downton Abbey. I was able to find a reprint of this dress pattern from Past Patterns. This one is #8480.

Originally, I was going to go the whole nine yards with the bows and neck ruffle and sash but once I got sewing, I felt like it would be way too much!

For the main fabric, I choose an embroidered cotton with tiny green polka dots! From far away, it reads as white but up close you can see all the green. A more period option for the ruffles would have been green, but I like the contrast of the yellow better.

This dress was a lot of work to make since I was working with the original instructions which expect you to know a lot about how these types of dresses are supposed to go together! I also bit the bullet and worked with the original 3/8 inch seam allowance instead of adding extra.

More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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1910s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Lingerie

Edwardian Unmentionables

By on February 12, 2013

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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1910s

‘Happiness’ – 1916 Tea Dress. Well, INSPIRED by Happiness… :)

By on January 20, 2013

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.

 

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1910s

Entering the Edwardian…

By on January 15, 2013

One of the schools I work for is doing a production of JB Priestly’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ in February, and our stock of Edwardian fashion is… non-existent. ¬†Since the cast is small, we decided to build the women’s dresses – which means two evening dresses and a maid’s outfit. ¬†Exciting!

This week, I’ve been working on the toile for Sheila, the daughter – the unbleached muslin will be a heavy peachy-pink satin. ¬†The light blue is a sheer pink chiffon, and the white is the pink chiffon with a lace net overlay:

 

Looks simple, right? ¬†Well, let’s break it down. ¬†That white overlay will hook directly to the dress. ¬†Let’s take that off:

One that is unhooked, then we need to unhook the overskirt (the blue, here – it will be a sheer chiffon on the actual dress:

The front bodice panel will open like so, to reveal an underbodice which closes with hooks and eyes.  The skirt has a center front opening which will close flush with snaps, which the overskirt hides.

That’s an awful lot of closures! ¬†For such simple looking little dresses, these Edwardian frocks are complicated to get in and out of!

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1910s | Dresses | Hats | Vintage Sewing

Lady Mary’s Garden Party Dress

By on April 9, 2012

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 great-grandmother’s lace that I inherited when she passed last summer so this project was very special to me.

I also retrimmed a hat to look like the one Mary wears with this dress at the Garden Party.

If you’d like to get more details, you can find them on my blog. And stick around because I’ll be doing a hat construction post and a dress detail post later on this week over at my blog.

 

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1910s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

More Downton Abbey Sewing

By on March 12, 2012

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 great styled modern with a black pencil skirt but I’m currently working on sewing up a black skirt from an Edwardian pattern to wear with it. Then all I’ll need is for my American Duchess Astorias to arrive and find a smashing hat!

Construction and drafting details can be found here if you’re interested.

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