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2022 Year-in-Review

What a year! I can't believe how much I accomplished, although having no classes and only working part time after May really freed up a lot of time for me. This allowed me to complete 11/12 Historical Sew Monthly challenges. I also attended several costumed events, so that was very enjoyable after being cooped up… Continue reading 2022 Year-in-Review

Accessories · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Neckwear · Regency Era

Completed: Patterns of Fashion Regency Undersleeve/HSM Nov. ’22

Back when I made my first regency gown, I meant to make detachable undersleeves for it. Alas, the fabric yardage was off and I did not have enough to do so. I went a little overboard buying extra of the fabric for my new regency gown, so I decided to finally make undersleeves. Photo by… Continue reading Completed: Patterns of Fashion Regency Undersleeve/HSM Nov. ’22

Drawers · Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Undergarments · Victorian

Completed: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Drawers/HSM September ’22

Photo by author. The September Historical Sew Monthly Challenge was "Blue" so I decided to go out of my comfort zone and finally use some of the lace in my stash. By the end of the Victorian period and into the Edwardian period, European and Euro-American women began to incorporate a little color to their… Continue reading Completed: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Drawers/HSM September ’22

Accessories · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Neckwear · Regency Era

Completed: Fashions Revisited 015 Chemisette/HSM Feb. ’22

After making a fichu, it opened my eyes to historical neckwear. As you immerse yourself more and more in a period, you become more attuned to what pieces make an outfit look more finished and a chemisette is one of those pieces. I decided I wanted to take my white dress I made in the… Continue reading Completed: Fashions Revisited 015 Chemisette/HSM Feb. ’22

Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Padding and Structures · Undergarments · Victorian

Completed: Black Snail Bustle Pad/HSM March ’22

As one who is not much endowed around the hips and in back, I decided to supplement my figure in my 1890s outfit with a bustle pad. Bustle pads were the last vestige of bustles. They built up the rear and hips to fill out the skirt more, giving the illusion that one's waist was… Continue reading Completed: Black Snail Bustle Pad/HSM March ’22

Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Skirts · Victorian

Completed: Folkwear 209 Walking Skirt/HSM Oct. ’22

Happy December! It is that time of year, time for Victorian Stroll! After missing several years because of Covid and being away at school I was determined to go, which meant I would need a new outfit because I no longer had access to the pieces I used for my crinoline era look (nor the… Continue reading Completed: Folkwear 209 Walking Skirt/HSM Oct. ’22

Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Petticoats · Undergarments · Victorian

Completed: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Petticoat/HSM Dec. ’22

The December Historical Sew Monthly Challenge theme was "New Era" and while I've sewn some late Victorian/Early Edwardian costumes before they were always for the theater, not for myself. It is exciting to expand my historical wardrobe into a new time period, especially one that I have loved ever since I was very young. Photo… Continue reading Completed: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Petticoat/HSM Dec. ’22

Drawers · Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Padding and Structures · Petticoats · Undergarments · Victorian

WIP: Edwardian Underthings

I have been working steadily on my Edwardian undergarments from Folkwear 203. Since starting it I added a bustle pad to my To Sew for Victorian Stroll list. I looked at several pattern and went with the one from Black Snail because it has size option, and uses batting instead of stuffing which I already… Continue reading WIP: Edwardian Underthings

Drawers · Edwardian · Historical Sew Monthly Projects · Petticoats · Undergarments · Victorian

HSM Sep/Dec ’22: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Underthings

Photo by author. I have had this copy of Folkwear 203, which is the original early 1980s print run, for years and years. I pulled it out a few weeks ago because I need it for my outfit I am working on the annual Victorian Stroll. I had originally planned to do a bustle era… Continue reading HSM Sep/Dec ’22: Folkwear 203 Edwardian Underthings

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Sewing Historic Clothing Research: A Beginner’s Guide Part I

Photo by Author A few months ago, Ayana (aka The Vintage Guidebook), and I connected on Instagram, and we began messaging. She asked me for information on how to go about researching re-creating historical clothing, and so I asked if we could co-author a blog post on it. This is not a new subject in… Continue reading Sewing Historic Clothing Research: A Beginner’s Guide Part I