Category Archives: 1890s

Cape + pictures of Edwardian half mourning

So in addition to the hat, I also tossed together a cape, since the picnic was at a location known to be exceedingly overcast all the time and I have a tendency to get cold easily. Years ago a friend … Continue reading

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An 1890s half-mourning hat

So for the vast majority of history, when you went out, you wear a hat. And therefore I embarked on my first ever adventure in hat-trimming!┬áStarted with a hat from Amazon, a bunch of feathers, black silk taffeta, and whatever … Continue reading

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Edwardian Half-Mourning Outfit

Oh hello! Since I last posted I 1) got married and 2) finished my pants drafting class, so that pretty much took up all my time. But the pants ended up not fitting (although I know what changes to make) … Continue reading

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Wrap up – 1890s evening bodice

So a long while ago, I declared that I was going to have this 1890s bodice close with a hidden layer underneath, and the fashion layer on top. So here’s how I did this! All the back pieces of the … Continue reading

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Finishing the 1890s top

Nothing super exciting happening on my First Lady top. All pretty standard stuff. Baste fabric to lining, sew the pieces together, add some boning channels, use a bias facing on the top and bottom, sew on a bunch of trim. … Continue reading

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Weirdo zigzag boning channels

So a bunch of these extant bodices have some weird zig-zag thing which is holding on the boning channels. Closeups: WTF is happening here? The only way I know how to make a zigzag is with a catch stitch. It’s … Continue reading

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Inside of 1890s bodices

While I work on the pattern for my bodice, I’m also thinking about the construction. I am not an expert on 1890s clothing, so I am turning to my friends, Pictures of Extant Clothing. A million thanks to Lilyluna Standin … Continue reading

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