Some years ago I sewed this Edwardian plaid wool skirt.
It was my first Edwardian skirt, made without drafting a pattern or making a toile first.
The skirt isn’t historically correct because it has a zipper closure at the back and the raw edges are finished with machine zig zag stitches.
I used a green plaid 100% wool fabric from my grandmother’s stash.
There wasn’t enough of the fabric so I had to piece the fabric together.
The cut of the skirt is more like a 1910s Titanic era skirt.
The skirt is ankle-length – usually called round, outing or walking length in the Edwardian era: ‘walking length […] clears the ground easily’ (The Delineator, 1906).
This type of skirt was called a tailored skirt in the Edwardian era. ‘The beauty of the tailored skirt lies in the good lines, careful machine stitching, and perfect fit of the garment.’ (School Sewing Based On Home Problems, 1916)
‘There is nothing like a trim, becoming tailor-made for all-around use. In plain, lightweight cloth [wool fabric], with the skirt just escaping the ground, and jacket with gracefully shaped sleeves […] such a suit may literally go from the shops to the drawing-room musicale. For the morning jaunt a tailored shirt-waist is worn with this costume’ (The Delineator, 1905).
I’m wearing the skirt with an Edwardian-style 1980s blouse.
I tried out a different Edwardian Pompadour hairstyle for this shirtwaist costume. Here you’ll find my tutorial for a historically accurate Edwardian Pompadour hairstyle.
On my instagram is a swipeaple picture of this Edwardian outfit with different black and white lightroom presets. Which one is your favorite?
I’ll soon post pictures of my other (historically accurate) shirtwaist costume that consists of a wool skirt and linen & crochet lace blouse.