Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Victorian Bonnet Styles from 1860-1864

Our group frequently gets asked about what style of bonnet was appropriate to wear during the 1860's. So we thought that we would feature some of the most common styles that were worn during this time as seen in the Godey's Lady's Book.

We have also included short explanations on materials, colours used and trimmings as well as the overall style in general.

1860 & 1861

Bonnets, Godey's Lady's Book, March 1861




Friday, January 02, 2015

Projects for 2015!

Godey's Lady's Book

Well, it is a New Year which means new projects! Or maybe in some cases finishing off a few things from last year. Which of course is the category we all seem to fall into at one time or another.

Over the past year we have covered lots of topics on VictorianSewing.com and this year will be no different. Tons of new things will be happening over the coming months so make sure to watch for them.

Remember suggestions for future posts are always welcome so feel free to leave a comment below with your ideas. The group is always open to new projects and suggestions.

Some of the things we look forward to covering this year include:

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Pattern Review: Edwardian Bust Improver

Bust Improvers
Victorian Bust Improvers from historicalfashion.tumblr.com

I don't remember where or when I first came across a Victorian bust improver; but I do remember thinking how naive I was in believing that 19th and early 20th century ladies were actually quite blessed in the bust department.

Boy was I wrong!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Girl and Her Hoopskirt: Welcome to the Tailor Shop

Tailor Shop
Village Tailor Shop

The year is1867.

The Village is bustling with activity and just around the bend stands a small timber framed building, but don't let its size fool you. The building is actually home to quite a modest Tailoring establishment.

With two working antique sewing machines, an area for pattern making and cutting, shelves over flowing with yards and yards of fabric, a small desk and room for a display area, the Village Tailor shop is actually home to a hardworking Tailor and Tailoress.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Happy Announcement! Welcome Miss. Joy, Victorian Tailoress!


We are happy to announce that Miss. Joy, the Victorian Tailoress from a local living history village will have a monthly post here on VictorianSewing.com!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

5 Tips for Overcoming (Historical!) Project Procrastination


Shelf of unfinished projects just waiting to be done!

Here we are seven days into the New Year and if you are like us your historical project to do list is already filled with things that are calling your attention. Not to mention your New Year's resolution to stay on top of everything and finally finish those projects you started last year or maybe the year before is starting to feel very overwhelming!

Monday, July 15, 2013

To Pipe or Not to Pipe? Piping in Civil War Bodices


Contrasting Piping
1860's Afternoon Dress with Contrasting Piping, Met Museum.

To pipe or not to pipe... that is the question.

And once I decide to add piping, which seams DO I pipe?