I've often been frustrated that there are wonderful Victorian patterns available (published in the period or drafted from extant dresses) but there is very little information on how to put the pieces together or on the other finishing details that go into making historical dress.
Here I'll address this gap by doing a photographic analysis of the construction techniques used in three Victorian evening bodices in my personal collection.
Due to the Single Pattern Project, I'm most interested in the elliptical style. Two of the bodices were either worn with elliptical skirts or with the early bustle style, the third was probably worn with the earlier circular hoop style.
This month we have one question about a YWU sister site and two questions about corsetry - one concerning types of boning and when to use them (with an interesting variety of opinions from four of our experts amongst the answers), and the other on building a corset/chest binder for a female-to-male transsexual.
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This month marks the first anniversary of Marion McNealy's association with Your Wardrobe Unlock'dTM, firstly as Sub-Editor and now as our Editor. It's a role that keeps her busy helping Publisher Catherine Hay to create content and manage the technical side of keeping the site running.
Marion has a rich background in historic costuming through her research into the lives of common German women in the Renaissance era. She joins us to discuss her research as well as to give us a glimpse of how she became involved with online publishing.
My passion for Ostrich plumes started when I saw the opening credits of the 1997 movie Wings of the Dove.
Where do such plumes come from?
How do milliners fabricate them and can I create such confections?
These are all questions I asked myself then, and they led me on a course of study and experimentation. In this article I will share some of what I have learned along the way.
I've often been frustrated that there are wonderful Victorian patterns available, but there is very little information on how to put the pieces together or the other finishing details that go into making a dress.
My goal with this article is to address this gap by doing a photographic analysis of the construction techniques used in three Victorian skirts in my personal collection. Due to the Single Pattern Project, I'm most interested in elliptical skirts, but I only have one in my collection. Therefore, I've chosen a skirt from the preceding Hoop era, and one from the following Early Bustle era to compare to the elliptical skirt.
or My hat looks like it has a dead fish on top because the bow just lies there! How can I fix that?
One of the most often used decorative elements on late Victorian and Edwardian hats were bows and ribbon loops.
To a non-milliner, trying to recreate some of these fantastic hats may seem a daunting task. Here are some tricks that simplify things.