A Victorian mourning dress: the bodice
My Victorian mourning costume is progressing and this time I finished the bodice. This was an interesting make with lots of inner structure.
Making a Victorian Mourning Dress: The Skirt
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…
How I carved my own corset busk
You can buy corset busks but making one yourself is actually easy and fun. All you need is a piece of wood and a Dremel tool and some paint and wood wax to decorate the results! I have made now two corset busks for my 1830s/1840s corset and I took…
A Romantic Era Corset from Old Curtains
I made myself a romantic era i.e. 1830s-1840s corset and a corded petticoat using a pattern by Black Snail Patterns.
Wearing your grandma’s curtains or making a regency dress out of recycled materials
How can you use recycled materials in historical costuming? What are my tips in finding the best materials in thrift stores?
A folk vest and an apron from Askola, Finland
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.
Time-traveling to the Iron Age with my daughter
I made an Iron Age Finnish costume for my daughter so that we can take part in events together. Also, I did some leatherwork...
A pink lolita-style dress
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 Askola folk skirt
My Finnish folk costume progresses: I turned my hand-woven fabric into a folk skirt from Askola, Finland.
A Victorian lingerie dress
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…