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…
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 turned a pair of thrifted silk curtains into a Victorian silk petticoat. I also dyed my cotton lace to match using common food items.
I got to study two Victorian dresses from the 1890s at the Espoo City Museum and I took my camera with me.
I was invited to study the genuine Victorian bashlik hood at Espoo City Museum.
I made a Victorian bashlik hood. This garment contains both a hood and a scarf and it really helps to keep me warm in the Finnish winter.
I made a Victorian side-button cycling skirt out of linen so that I can ride my bike in style. The skirt pattern is a free pattern by Bikes & Bloomers.
I found this free pattern for cycling bloomers by Bikes & Bloomers and decided to give it a try.