Monthly Archives: August 2015

How To Attach Lace To Gathered Edge

Sometimes lace has to be attached to a gathered edge, such as on the sleeves or the neckline. In this tutorial I’ll show you how this was done in the Edwardian era: ‘The edge of the garment is sometimes rolled and whipped, to gather fulness to place, beading is then overhanded to the rolled edge and lace overhanded to the beading’ (Clothing For Women: Selection, Design, Construction, 1916)

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Facial Cleanser And Toner – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Facial Cleanser And Toner – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

The face should be washed just once a day with water, preferably in the evening before going to bed. To clean the face: Smear cold cream on the face, wash off the cream with Castile soap, then dip a piece of soft cloth in hot water and hold it to the face (If the water is hard, it should be mixed with a water softener.). Continue reading Facial Cleanser And Toner – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Edwardian ‘Shower’ & The Problem Of Hard Water – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Edwardian 'Shower' & The Problem Of Hard Water - Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

As bathrooms weren’t installed in all Edwardian houses, the usual method to cleanse the body was to dip a washcloth in a basin of water which was resting in a washstand. Even if the Edwardians couldn’t take a daily shower, they nevertheless were very cleanly: they washed the whole body at least once a day.

Hard water was then as now a problem: It’s less cleansing for body and hair, and coarsens the skin. The Edwardians advised to always use soft water for the skin, or to make hard water soft. Continue reading Edwardian ‘Shower’ & The Problem Of Hard Water – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes