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

squarepicConstance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.

Early Victorian layers In Part II, we look at the numerous skirt supports that the early Victorian woman wore to hold out her skirts and look fashionable.

squareConstance concludes her exploration of the Victorian cage crinoline with the recreation of a large covered crinoline from 1868.

squarepicMuseums 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.

Early Victorian LayersStudying the undergarments of a transitional period in which styles shifted slowly but dramatically.

Finished Crin 7 100Constance MacKenzie continues exploring the crinoline's development, making a light & collapsible Victorian cage crinoline.

Tucked Petticoat

Tucks were a favorite decoration from the 1820s to Teens: here's how to create a mid-19th c.-style tucked petticoat, start to finish.

Ivory silk bodiceI'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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