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 | 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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1910s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

My Edwardian Movie Costume

By on February 19, 2012

Hello Ladies!

If any of you have ever watched the “Anne of Green Gables” series, you probably fell in love with the costumes immediately!¬† I know that was certainly the case in my own life, when watching the breathtaking film launched me into historical costuming many years ago.

So as a tribute to the movie that got me started in sewing costumes in the first place, I recently reproduced the¬†pink¬†traveling gown that Diana Barry wore as her “going away” dress after her wedding (in Anne of Avonlea).¬† I tried to¬†do everything as authentically as possible, and¬†I used a variety of¬†patterns to create this design.¬† The fabric was a peachy-pink bengaline moire’.¬† (“Moire” just means any fabric with an intentional watermark on it.)

The bodice reminds me of a butterfly!

Over the last month or so I wrote about how I constructed the bodice,  designed the sleeves, whipped up the skirt, and finally wore this costume for an all-out Edwardian photo shoot!

Any accomplished lady in 1902 would have enjoyed playing the piano!

I absolutely loved sewing this gown, and incorporated lots of hand sewing with all the antique lace and button-up cuffs.  I wore an embroidered petticoat for fullness in the skirt, and finished off the outfit with a pair of lace-up Victorian boots. I even found a gold and pearl necklace which is remarkably like the original necklace shown in the film.

Trained skirts are so very elegant to wear!

I hope you enjoy the photos, and you can see more pictures of the finished gown here.

I wish I could dress like this every day...

Happy sewing!

Katrina

www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog

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1910s

Hello and some Edwardian sewing

By on February 2, 2012

Hello, WeSewRetro! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at star-spangledheart.blogspot.com. I adore 30s, 40s, and 50s fashion but lately I’ve been completely obsessed with Downton Abbey (and am even hosting a sew along!).

My first Downton Abbey inspired project has been a replica of Lady Edith’s black floral blouse. It’s self-drafted from Colette Pattern’s Sorbetto (ie gobs of drafting!) There are more pictures to be found on my blog.

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