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 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…
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 hand-sewed a Finnish 19th-century folk shirt from Askola. This shirt with it's intricate embroidery took me 2 months to finish!
I made a Finnish folk style hand-embroidered French hood for my Askola costume from paper, rye porridge and silk!
Sometimes even a rushed project with all the ingredients for disaster succeeds and the result is a beautiful silk party dress.