Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.
Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.
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.
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.
This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all.
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'.
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 (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.
While there are wonderful Victorian dress patterns available, either published in the period or drafted from extant dresses, there is very little information around on how to put the pieces together in a historically accurate way or complete the other finishing details that go into making a dress of this style.
If you're going to go for accuracy with your Single Pattern Project, Sunny Buchler redresses the balance for you this month with her photographic analysis and comparison of the construction techniques used in four 1860s bodices in her personal collection.
Nine pages and over a hundred large and detailed clickable images in this article alone will give you every minute detail you could ever want to know about constructing your bodice!
A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.
Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.
Luthien 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.