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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What 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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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

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'.

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Two Worth Bodices

Two Worth Bodices

Charles Frederick Worth is remembered as the father of haute couture, and Suzi Clarke has a couple of treasures of his to show us...

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Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

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

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1860's Day Dress Study

1860's Day Dress Study

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.

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Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Evening Bodices by Sunny Buchler

Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Evening Bodices by Sunny Buchler

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.

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Analyzing the Construction of Four Victorian Day Bodices by Sunny Buchler

Analyzing the Construction of Four Victorian Day Bodices by Sunny Buchler

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!

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1876 February Dress

1876 February Dress

Izabela describes the construction of a dramatic February 1876 ensemble - from original Victorian fashion plate to final trims and accessories. 

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1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.

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Victorian Wedding Gown 3

Victorian Wedding Gown 3

Izabela patterns and sews two Victorian wedding gown bodices, and offers tips on accessories and styling for the big day. 

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A Real 1880s Evening Bodice

A Real 1880s Evening Bodice

Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.

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The Grey Shirtwaist Study

The Grey Shirtwaist Study

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.

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...

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British VAD Uniform, Part 3

British VAD Uniform, Part 3

Constance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

Sunny finishes her deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, with the bodice opening and velvet tabard.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

Sunny continues her examination and deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, focusing on the bodice and sleeves.

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1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 2

1909-1914 Striped Day Dress, 2

Last month, Sunny covered how the lower half of the dress was patterned and constructed. This time, she examines the bodice.

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