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Victorian

LondonLadiesSquareThe Victorian era spans a long period of rapid change and progress during the 19th century.

The articles below comprise the entire contents of all the Victorian era articles we have, 1837-1901. To narrow your search down, go to one of the subcategories by hovering over Articles>Historical Periods>Victorian in the main menu above, OR click one of the following links:

Victorian (general)  ~   Early-Mid Victorian 1837-67  ~  First Bustle 1868-76

Natural Form 1877-82  ~  Second Bustle 1883-90  ~   Gay Nineties 1890s

The Iron Man Bustle Dress

iconEver seen pictures of cosplayers and wondered what it's all about? Noelle introduces us to her Iron Ma'am bustle dress cosplay.

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Victorian Underwear Myths

squarepicNot every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

squarepicThe most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

squarepicNikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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How To Make A Worth Gown 1

Maria Hendrika of Belgium, 1865, probably wearing WorthExploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

iconA little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

squarepicNow that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

Bustles, Bustles and More Bustles by Christina DeAngeloWhat's not to love about a bustle gown? Christina puts aside the lobster tail, makes some different bustles and compares the effects.

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Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To by Christina DeAngeloThe lobster tail bustle is a classic for a reason. Here, Christina shows us how to put some junk in that trunk (includes free pattern).  

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Swiss Waist, Part 3

iconNow that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.

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Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern by Nikki SwiftNikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses by Lynn McMastersThe world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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