Victorian

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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1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.

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Linen Chemise, 1879

Linen Chemise, 1879

An eye-opening combination of machine sewing and delicate hand stitching.

Bonus article from FR

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And The Layers Are... (2)

And The Layers Are... (2)

Making sense of ladies' underwear 1876-82.

2: What to wear over the corset and under the dress, plus fabrics.

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And The Layers Are... (1)

And The Layers Are... (1)

Making sense of ladies' underwear 1876-82.Walking you through all the different layers, from the skin out.

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Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Straw was popular year-round for Natural Form headgear. Here's how to create three different shapes by altering modern sun hats.

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Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Far beyond plain black or white, catalogs of the era carried fancy knitted stockings of all kinds. Get ready to shop for the perfect stockings, thread your embroidery needle or grab your knitting needles! We're diving into the realm of stockings and socks with fashion reports, catalogs from 1882, stocking embroidery diagrams and  lots of knitting patterns for socks and stockings for all ages.

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Fashion 1876-1882

Fashion 1876-1882

Following our introduction to the Natural Form, it's time to choose the details of your outfit. There are many options depending on the year that's taken your fancy.

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Natural Form & the Cuirass Bodice

Natural Form & the Cuirass Bodice

An overview of that very peculiar era of fashion known as the Natural Form, with its Cuirass Bodice, including a summarized look at the socio-economic climate of the era.

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Mrs Romyn Hitchcock's Dress

Mrs Romyn Hitchcock's Dress

Dating an historic dress is an involved process. Morgan shares her study of an impressive C19th dress owned by Mrs R. Hitchcock.

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1880s Tall Hats

1880s Tall Hats

The Victorian tall hat ruled the fashion pages in the 1880s. Chantal teaches us how 19th century ladies made, trimmed and wore this striking style. 

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The 1883 Walking Dress

The 1883 Walking Dress

Trains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.

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1880s Directoire Coat Study

1880s Directoire Coat Study

Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.

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1880s Bustle Dress Recreation

1880s Bustle Dress Recreation

Research is great, but nothing beats recreation. Katherine walks us through her reproduction of an 1880s bustle dress. 

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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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Victorian Wedding Gown 2

Victorian Wedding Gown 2

Izabela gives patterns and details for creating the skirt, apron skirt and a detachable train with ruffled balayeuse for a wedding gown.

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Victorian Wedding Gown 1

Victorian Wedding Gown 1

Ah, to be wed in Victorian finery! Izabela first shows how to make the many layers of underwear, including full length bustle cage.

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Victorian Trimmings

Victorian Trimmings

Hecklinger's Ladies Garments, published in 1886, includes wonderful engravings of fashionable trimmings. We add the instructions!

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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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'How To Be Beautiful', 1889

'How To Be Beautiful', 1889

The best bits from a slightly opinionated book that provides equal measures of enlightening insight and amusing entertainment today!

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