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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

Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Patterning a purse by Lynn McM.Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own. 

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal FashionFour very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Screen Shot 2016 10 05 at 19.54.32Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

C.I.41.58.4ac F - swiss waist bodice from NYC's Met MuseumWhat is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Screen Shot 2016 10 05 at 19.54.32This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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How To Make A Worth Gown 2

Maria Hendrika of Belgium, 1865, probably wearing WorthStudying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

LondonLadiesSquareYou wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police. Part 1 covers daywear.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

BathingSquareYou wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police, part 2: eveningwear & sportswear.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

squarepicLisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

SquarepicDolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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Victorian Underarm Hygiene

SquarepicToday's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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The Veiled Lady

SquarepicWhat's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble. 

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