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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

'How To Be Beautiful', 1889

The Author, Ms. Teresa DeanThe best bits from a slightly opinionated book that provides equal measures of enlightening insight and amusing entertainment today!

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The Grey Shirtwaist Study

SquarepicLuthien delves deep into the guts of her gorgeous, late-Victorian, grey shirtwaist blouse to figure out its history and how the Victorian dressmaker made it.

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Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

SquarepicKelly takes us deep inside this Belle Epoque jacket - a lucky garage sale find - to explore the complex 'engineering' behind late Victorian tailoring.

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A House of Worth Evening Gown

squareThe Chicago History Museum has over fifty gowns from The House of Worth in its collection. Katy examines their 1890s evening gown.

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 1

squarepicIn a new series, Naomi Barnes constructs an 1890s ladies walking outfit, starting with researching and making a tailored waistcoat. 

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 2

squarepicNaomi Barnes continues her study and construction of an 1890s spring walking suit with the creation of the skirt and its soutache braid trim.

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 3

squarepicNaomi completes her 1890s walking suit by constructing a woollen jacket with classic leg o' mutton sleeves and soutache braid trim.

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The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

squarepicIn 1890s fashion, giant sleeves are essential. Here's how to get that classic leg o'mutton structure and perfect voluminous shape.

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1890s Bicycle Bloomers Pattern

icon bicycle How to draft made-to-measure 1890s bicycle bloomers - "translated"  from a confusing but authentic historical source!

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A Tale of Two Bicycle Bloomers

A Tale Of Two Bloomers by Christina DeAngeloYou can never have too many bicycle bloomers. Here's how to make a pair with a poofy leg, and another pair with a really poofy leg.

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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Mrs HeraldIntroducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.

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An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

bicycleskirtBloomers got all the press, but most women still wore skirts for bicycling. How to draft and make an attractive, functional bicycle skirt. 

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