My Edwardian dressing gown. Continue reading Edwardian Dressing Gown
‘Now, there is a right way and a wrong way of putting on a corset, and as this lesson should appeal to every woman, young or old, it should be learned with care and followed scrupulously.’ Continue reading How To Put On A Corset
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to starch a sheer 1920s cloche hat, or any other sheer summer sun hat. 😉 Continue reading How To Starch A Sheer 1920s Cloche Hat – A Tutorial
Part your hair into 4 sections: down the middle, and from ear to ear. Continue reading 1861 Godey’s Braided Coiffure For A Young Lady – Tutorial
In the Edwardian era, women strived to get beautiful skin and a good figure naturally. Enough sleep and rest, exercise in the fresh air, protecting the skin in the sun, and a healthy diet with plenty of water, were all regarded as important for beauty. A woman should also try to be positve and avoid anger and sadness. Continue reading Sleep, Sun, Diet & Be Optimistic – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes
‘It has been said by a famous French beauty doctor […] that paralysis is a woman’s best friend. The sensitive face, showing all the feelings which a sensitive person endures for good or evil, very quickly wrinkles, and the nervous temperament, making big demands upon the vitality of the system, shows age long before the phlegmatic temperament, which floats on the waters of life serenely, blow the winds ever so fiercely.’ Continue reading Wrinkles And Facial Massage – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes
‘No part of the business of farming is more pleasant than hay-making.’ (Merry’s Museum, 1843)
I love haymaking with the scythe! Besides being the best full body workout, mowing with the scythe is eco-friendly, quiet – unlike lawn mowers and string trimmers, and with the scythe it’s possible to cut the grass on a steep hill in our garden.
Every May or June I make hay for our rabbits. When the weather is good, it takes two or three days until the hay is dry: from cutting the grass, turning the hay to gathering the dry hay. Usually, I wear everyday clothes but for these pictures I tried making hay while wearing my Edwardian working woman outfit. Continue reading Edwardian Haymaking With The Scythe
I’ve tried some resist printing with different pastes using flour, starch, wax, and oil. I was inpired from the following articles: Indian resist printing with wax, African mud cloth (bogolanfini) made with starch resist, soy wax printing, different wax resist instructions, and flour paste resist printing.
In 1909, the ‘length of time for wearing mourning has greatly decreased during the past five years, as formerly there was such an exaggeration of this that sometimes the young people in a family were kept in constant black, owing to the death of successive relatives.’ (Household Companion: Book Of Etiquette, 1909) Continue reading Mourning In The 1900s And 1910s