Edwardian Combination

Edwardian women often wore combination underwear instead of a separate chemise and drawers to reduce the bulk at the waist.

Edwardian Combination

‘Combinations combine the slip bodice and drawers type, and are certainly more economical than two separate garments.’ (Educational Needlecraft, 1911)

Edwardian combinations combined the chemise (or corset cover) and drawers in one, and were worn under the corset. Continue reading Edwardian Combination

2 Plain Edwardian Petticoats

Some years ago, I made two simple Edwardian petticoats. Called plain petticoats in the Edwardian era, they were intended for everyday wear.

2 Plain Edwardian Petticoats

When you think of Edwardian lingerie, you probably think of sheer, white cotton petticoats trimmed with rows and rows of lace. But there were also plain everyday petticoats. Edwardian petticoats for everyday wear were often made with sturdy, white cotton fabric, a simple cotton ruffle forming the only trimming.

‘Petticoats are not so elaborate as formerly’. (The Delineator, 1902) ‘Plain petticoats are necessary for everyday wear’. (School Sewing Based On Home Problems, 1906)

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Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

An easy and genius way to turn handkerchiefs into an airy lace top – the Edwardian handkerchief camisole is perfect for hot summer days!

Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

In the Edwardian era, the handkerchief camisole was of course part of the lingerie, but today you can wear it as pretty lace top! The Edwardian handkerchief camisole is easy and fast to make – no pattern (or fitting) needed. And another bonus point: Because the handkerchiefs are already hemmed, there’s only minimal sewing required! Continue reading Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

Antique Edwardian Lace Petticoat

This antique Edwardian lace petticoat is so airy and pretty with lace insertions, pintucks and a wide Valenciennes lace flounce!

Antique Edwardian Lace Petticoat

This antique lace petticoat is from the Edwardian era. Like my antique Edwardian lace chemise, my antique 1920s marcel wave iron and my antique Victorian linen chemise, I found it on ebay! Continue reading Antique Edwardian Lace Petticoat

History Of The Nightcap – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Nightcaps or sleeping caps were worn while sleeping to keep the hair tangle-free and – especially silk nightcaps – to make the hair glossy. Nightcaps have a long history and even today silk caps are recommended for long or curly hair. Read on to find out why and how Edwardian and WW1 women wore nightcaps and how to make a vintage silk sleeping cap for yourself!

History Of The Nightcap - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

 

History Of The Nightcap

In the Victorian era, nightcaps were worn by all women, young and old. Continue reading History Of The Nightcap – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream – homemade from scratch with just 4 ingredients. This Victorian ice cream is so delicious: extremely creamy with a strong coffee taste!

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream taste just like ordinary coffee ice cream but the color is white – or rather light brown 😉 – instead of brown. In the Victorian era, white coffee ice cream was considered superior to ordinary coffee ice cream. While coffee ice cream was served at family dinners, white coffee ice cream was a suitable dessert for formal dinners and balls.

Coffee ice cream ‘will be brown, and not as delicate as’ white coffee ice cream. (The Book Of Ices, 1893, p. 14)

The following recipe for Victorian white coffee ice cream was published in The Book Of Ices in 1893. Continue reading Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Chestnut vermicelli – a traditional Austrian dessert – made with boiled chestnuts and vanilla sugar which is garnished with whipped cream. This recipe for chestnut vermicelli is from the Victorian era.

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli

Chestnut vermicelli is a delicious, old Viennese dessert made with just a few ingredients: The main ingredients are chestnuts and sugar. In Austria, chestnut vermicelli is called “Kastanienreis” – chestnut rice – because the dessert resembles rice or spaghetti. After the chestnuts are boiled, they are pressed through a colander which gives them that spaghetti-like appearance. Continue reading Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert