I bought an Edwardian bodice and replicated it for my daughter. With a simple skirt and some accessories she now has a full outfit.
I made a late-Victorian/Edwardian man’s trousers and a waistcoat.
I tried to make a hat in the ridiculous 1890s style. I made a simple sailor hat that I then covered with silk, bows, flowers and a feather.
I made an Edwardian corset cover out of leftover curtain silk after finishing my Victorian silk petticoat. So much ruffle!
I turned a pair of thrifted silk curtains into a Victorian silk petticoat. I also dyed my cotton lace to match using common food items.
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 have studied Finnish folk costumes and textiles, the more I have come to love the simple stripy patterns that still have lots of variability in them. In fact, there is one thing that the canonized National costumes lack and that is the creativity in fabrics. In the 18th and 19th century, weavers could decide what patterns and colours pleased…
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 made a Victorian-inspired wool tweed jacket based on Marfy #1989 pattern and using real tailoring methods.
As I had to replace the worn-out shirt of my national costume from Kokkola, I decided to make it more historically accurate.