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.
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 also the first pattern from the Assembly line that I have ever made. The side seams are slanted so that the lower part of them shows on the right side. The shoulder straps criss-cross at the back and the centre back has a big pleat that closes either with buttons or snaps. My favourite thing about this dress are the…
I made a Victorian bashlik hood. This garment contains both a hood and a scarf and it really helps to keep me warm in the Finnish winter.
When I saw this mustard yellow knit fabric at Eurokangas fabric shop, I knew exactly what I wanted to make out of it. I have planned to make a Victorian bicycle sweater after seeing some very nice examples online. They all are based on this lovely example on Met. It is from circa 1895 when the sleeves were huge and bicycling was trendy. Of course, the original sweater has been knit but my poor shoulders can’t stand knitting anymore. Luckily, this kind of sweater can be sewn quite neatly, too! I found three videos/blog posts online that were really helpful. The first is the YouTube video by Lady Rebecca Fashions.…