How can you use recycled materials in historical costuming? What are my tips in finding the best materials in thrift stores?
I made an Iron Age Finnish costume for my daughter so that we can take part in events together. Also, I did some leatherwork...
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…
My book review of the new Finnish sewing book Helmat and the Adele dress I chose to make using a pattern from the book.
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!
I sewed an Iron Age dress that a Finnish woman would have worn under her peplos and apron. This dress works also for the Medieval era.
Sometimes even a rushed project with all the ingredients for disaster succeeds and the result is a beautiful silk party dress.
I made an Edwardian evening gown in a day to join a turn-of-the-century manor house weekend.
I made the Saraste dress from the book Breaking the pattern for my mother from the lovely Atelier Brunette viscose.