Victorian

1890s Cycling Gaiters

1890s Cycling Gaiters

Christina DeAngelo continues her bicycling tour de force with step by step drafting and making up instructions for a pair of perfect fitting gaiters.

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How to Make: Worth Ironwork Gown

How to Make: Worth Ironwork Gown

Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. If Worth could do it, so can we, right? Here's how Cynthia went there - and made it work.

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An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

Bloomers 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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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

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

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The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

In 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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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 3

Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 3

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

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 2

Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 2

Naomi 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 1

Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 1

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

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A House of Worth Evening Gown

A House of Worth Evening Gown

The 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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Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat. 

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Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Kelly 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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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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1890's Wool Suit

1890's Wool Suit

Dating this late 1890's wool tailored suit to a specific season and year, and finding the fashion plate that probably inspired it!

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Tales of the Duster

Tales of the Duster

Travel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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Bathing Boots

Bathing Boots

Bathing boots and shoes were very popular from the late 19th century through to the 1920s. Nicole constructs a functional, but very cute, pair.

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Tailored Details for Trousers

Tailored Details for Trousers

Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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How to Make Edwardian Trousers

How to Make Edwardian Trousers

Charlotte concludes her series on patterning and making 19th century men's trousers with this smart Edwardian pair from 1901.

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Perfect Welt Pockets

Perfect Welt Pockets

Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.

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How to Make 1860s Trousers

How to Make 1860s Trousers

Continuing Charlotte's investigation of men's trousers of the 1800s. In this installment, she drafts and tests a pair from 1867.

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How to Make 1840s Trousers

How to Make 1840s Trousers

Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.

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