I made myself some warm 1840s winter accessories plus a lace cap that the ladies wore indoors. And then I went to a farmstead museum.
I made myself an 1840s dress with the McCalls pattern number 7988. To make the dress work for the winter I added long sleeves.
I made traditional Finnish winter boots called Tallukkaat and decorated them with folk embroidery.
I sewed an 18th-century wool jacket for my daughter for a historical harvest festival held at a real 18th-century farmhouse in Helsinki.
Mourning accessories turn this black Victorian dress into a mourning costume. I made a short cape, a hat and a veil plus some extra things.
My Victorian mourning costume is progressing and this time I finished the bodice. This was an interesting make with lots of inner structure.
This autumn’s big project is the making of a Victorian mourning dress. This will be a series of three or four parts and in the first part, I’ll make the mourning skirt. This dress has been something that I have wanted to make for ages and it works nicely for Halloween. I found this nice and simple 1894 pattern from the online shop called Ageless Patterns. The shop is a bit hard to navigate, but all the patterns are actual historical patterns except that they have seam allowances and grainlines and some other helpful markings added. I think the dress would have been pretty modest at the time of the…
I made myself a romantic era i.e. 1830s-1840s corset and a corded petticoat using a pattern by Black Snail Patterns.
How can you use recycled materials in historical costuming? What are my tips in finding the best materials in thrift stores?
I made a Finnish folk vest and an apron from Askola village in Finland. These garments are based on museum items from early 19th century.