Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinetteplease excuse my ignorance but is this in the correct period and if so - any tips on how to make Dorcas, dress - i just love it! - sorry cant work out how to copy the pic <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/image_galleries /larkrise_candle ford_gallery.shtml?4">Lark Rise</a>
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon AntoinetteDear derbyram, Larkise to Candleford is early to mid 1890's (depending on wether the Pratts are fashion forward, or most of the people we see are of a working class and therefore somewhat behind in fashion), so a little bit past this time frame! I do love that outfit, you could try and play with altering a bodice from a commercial historical pattern. Truly Victorian patterns are very easy to work with.
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon AntoinetteI love this period but knew very little about it, and couldn't find much info relating to it. This article has a wealth of info, and all in one spot. Thank you!
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon AntoinetteDe Gracieuse and Harper's Bazar both licensed their sewing and needlework patterns from the German magazine Der Bazar, as did La Mode Illustree and several other European magazines. Harper's Bazar did indeed contain the separate oversized sheets containing overlapping sewing patterns, from the time they started business late in 1867 up into the early 1900s--I forget the exact year. It's just that the pattern sheets have often been removed from the magazines by the time you see them for sale.
I have several bound volumes and several hundred issues of Harper's Bazar containing pattern sheets, not a whole run but getting close. I separated, scaled down, redrew, etc., numerous Harper's Bazar patterns for my books Reconstruction Era Fashions (1867-1868), and the two volumes of Fashions of the Gilded Age (1877-1883). It's an incredible amount of work though. The different line styles indicating different patterns are very hard to distinguish from each other even on full-size originals, and the larger pattern pieces were overlapped wherever they extended the sheet, making tracing them a real pain. I'm debating whether I'd ever do it again for another book.