My mother says that even her grandmother used to weave fabrics for simple garments when she was younger. Handweaving used to be a skill that most women knew and valued. I haven’t ever woven fabric for garments, just pirtanauha-bands, and one table runner a long time ago. But the more…
I bought an antique Singer 15 treadle sewing machine and spend several weeks restoring it to working condition.
I made a shirtwaist by using the 1890s bodice pattern by Laughing Moon Mercantile. I also created a matching belt and a jabot.
I was invited to study the genuine Victorian bashlik hood at Espoo City Museum.
I made a Victorian-inspired wool tweed jacket based on Marfy #1989 pattern and using real tailoring methods.
I have some hard-to-get books from the late 19th and early 20th century that are already in the public domain. So, I have now scanned them and you can go and see them here.
As I had to replace the worn-out shirt of my national costume from Kokkola, I decided to make it more historically accurate.
I refashioned a thrift store cotton and silk blouse to an Edwardian blouse by adding some vintage lace details and a cotton tulle guimpe.
I made a chemise using a free pattern from the Winter 1897 Voice of Fashion magazine. Interpreting an old pattern had its challenges!
This apron dress is one of the patterns that I loved from the first sight. Even though I nowadays don’t use modern patterns that much, I had to buy this pattern. Apron dresses are just so cute and this one has a beautiful shape and an interesting cut. This is…