I made an Iron Age Finnish costume for my daughter so that we can take part in events together. Also, I did some leatherwork...
I sewed my daughter a Japanese sweet lolita style summer dress from pink cotton gingham. Decorated with lots of ruffles and bows, of course!
My Finnish folk costume progresses: I turned my hand-woven fabric into a folk skirt from Askola, Finland.
Lingerie dresses are those pretty frilly dresses that make the iconic Edwardian look with their lace inserts and pale colours. However, they first appeared in the 1890s. For a long time, I have wanted to make my own but sourcing that much lace was a problem. This kind of dress can use hundreds of euros worth of cotton lace which is way out of my budget. Then I had a stroke of luck and I found huge rolls of lace at the local Recycling centre. These rolls had hundreds of metres, some several kilometres worth of lace and they only cost about 15 to 20 euros each. Admittedly the lace…
I hand-sewed a Finnish 19th-century folk shirt from Askola. This shirt with it's intricate embroidery took me 2 months to finish!
My Finnish national costume from Askola has a shirt with special whitework embroidery called "ronkkaus". So, how is it made?
I made a Finnish folk style hand-embroidered French hood for my Askola costume from paper, rye porridge and silk!
I have started a huge undertaking to create the Finnish national costume from Askola that requires me to learn many new skills.
I made my daughter the Sedavi dress by Pauline Alice but turned this summer dress into a winter dress with long sleeves.
The last part of my Finnish Iron Age costume is the peplos dress. It took me 6 months to construct the whole thing. Now it comes together!