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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 Cage Crinoline, Part 2

Finished Crin 7 100Constance MacKenzie continues exploring the crinoline's development, making a light & collapsible Victorian cage crinoline.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 3

squareConstance concludes her exploration of the Victorian cage crinoline with the recreation of a large covered crinoline from 1868.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 1

squarepicConstance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.

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Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

icon free smThe Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.

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Early Victorian Layers, part 1

Early Victorian LayersStudying the undergarments of a transitional period in which styles shifted slowly but dramatically.

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Early Victorian Layers, part 2

Early Victorian layers In Part II, we look at the numerous skirt supports that the early Victorian woman wore to hold out her skirts and look fashionable.

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How to make a Tucked Petticoat

Tucked Petticoat

Tucks were a favorite decoration from the 1820s to Teens: here's how to create a mid-19th c.-style tucked petticoat, start to finish.

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1860's Day Dress Study

squarepicMuseums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.

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Mid-Victorian Underpinnings

undiescrinsmall.gifSunny walks you through every single item that a mid-Victorian lady might have worn under her gown, with references to appropriate patterns from all sources.

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Quick Victorian Petticoat

icon free smTo ensure your Victorian dress is always smooth and perfect, you really need a petticoat. Here's the fastest way to rustle one up.

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Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Skirts, by Sunny Buchler

Detail of the Brown Bustle SkirtI'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.

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Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Evening Bodices by Sunny Buchler

Ivory silk bodiceI'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.

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