Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.
Three quick head-start techniques to help beginners attract maximum compliments with minimum blood, sweat and tears.
In this final part of the series, we will complete the skirt to the gown and the hood and see Mistress Etty in her completed gown at Kentwell.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.
Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.
Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.
Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall.
The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.
Constance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.
The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.
Museums 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.
I'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.
Folding and draping the fabric of a Victorian bustle was an art form. Let me show you how to create a simple "Butterfly" bustle drape.
A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.
A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.
A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.