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Edwardian Sportswear Sweater
DIY Edwardian Sweater Refashion

This Is Not Only A Historical Costuming Blog!

Yes, I post about my handmade historical costumes, historical hairstyles, historical beauty & hair care routine on Sew Historically. Over the years, however, this blog has become more a resource on how to live a simple, frugal, healthy and sustainable life. Living a sustainable & eco-friendly life is very important to me.

Live A Simple & Sustainable Life

Learn how to create a simple, frugal, healthy & sustainable lifestyle! Inspired by history. I’m not here to teach you how to live an old-fashioned life but rather to show you how you can live a simple, frugal & sustainable life today! Simply by drawing ideas and implementing tips from 100 years ago because these are still valid today.

Is This Blog For Me?

If you ask yourself: How can I be frugal and sustainable? How can I make yeast from scratch at home like the Victorians did? How can I make my own face & body lotion, shampoo or makeup? How can I go plastic-free? How can I avoid fast fashion? How can I learn to sew or how can I get better at sewing? Can I refashion my clothes instead of throwing them away? How can I build a vintage wardrobe.

Or if you simply want to know how your ancestors lived and dressed or how to make a Gibson girl updo. You’ve come to the right place! 😀

In Short

On Sew Historically, I’m sharing history tidbits and how you can implement them today because they are still valuable and effective in living a sustainable life. So I’m not here to show you how to live an old-fashioned life but how you can draw ideas from history to live a simple, frugal & sustainable life today!

Edwardian Shirtwaist Costume
Men’s Shirt To Edwardian Blouse Refashion

33 Random Facts About Me

  • My favorite historical era is the Edwardian era. Over the years I’ve made many historical costumes, from the medieval period, the Victorian and Edwardian era, through to the 1920s and 1950s!
  • I’m the owner of a cuddly, and sometimes crazy, black German shepherd dog -> Follow Khaleesi the black GSD on Instagram!
  • I try to live a simple, frugal, self-sufficient, eco-friendly (environmentally-friendly) & sustainable life
  • I love thunderstorms
  • I studied business management and international relations
  • I rather make my own things, than buy them
  • I’m more interested in working class history than that of wealthy people. I also love recreating historical working class clothing
  • I love foraging and learning new survival skills, like making my own oil lamps from scratch
  • All my sewing patterns are self-drafted. I’ve never used a commercial sewing pattern so far!
  • I like to reuse and repurpose old clothes
  • I’m impatient
  • I haven’t bought new clothes in 5+ years because I make all my everyday clothes as well – I even make my own shoes!
  • I’m a self-taught sewist
  • I sew all my historical costumes on a mechanical treadle sewing machine inherited from my grandma
  • What I’ve learned through historical costuming: Corsets don’t hurt (in fact, a well fitted corset is more comfortable to wear than a bra) and hand sewing isn’t as slow as I thought
  • Even if I sew a lot – historical costumes and everyday clothes – I hate pattern making and the actual sewing! But I love making corsets, sewing by hand and making handmade lace
  • I’m a chronic migraine sufferer (15 migraine attacks per months) and I have more than one autoimmune diseases
  • I don’t use dairy products – apart from butter – due to milk protein allergy
  • I like to bake
  • My favorite food is Indian food, homemade French fries and homemade vegan ice cream
  • I love movies, especially action movies
  • I don’t wear historical costumes in real life
  • I’m a non-native English speaker
  • I love blogging – researching, trying out new things, taking photos and sharing it with you – but I hate editing photos and writing blog posts (because I’m a non-native English speaker)
  • Apart from historical costuming, I like to try out old-fashioned things: washing my hair with historical shampoo recipes, making hay with a scythe, cooking over an open fire, spinning and dyeing wool, printing fabric
  • Often, I’d like to do more things than there’s time for 😉
  • I don’t like shopping
  • I’m good at math (contrary to popular belief, girls are usually better at math than boys in school)
  • I’m persistent: I don’t give up easily
  • Summer is my favorite season because I love warm weather – even though I prefer an overcast sky to a cloudless sky. I love being outside – bicycling and hiking – even when it’s raining or snowing. But I don’t like winter clothes!
  • I love water and swimming – so does my dog Khaleesi!
  • My favorite colors are: mint, pink and turquoise
  • My favorite topics are Edwardian pompadour hairstyles, DIY natural beauty products and homemade natural food dyes.

My Top 15 Favorite Blog Posts

30+ Homemade Shampoo Recipes - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care   200+ Historical DIY Natural Beauty Products Hair Care Routine   Edwardian Pompadour Hairstyle Tutorial   The Edwardian Summer Girl  Edwardian Walking Dresses   1900-1909 Edwardian Fashion Timeline   Dressing The 1900s Woman - Edwardian Lingerie   DIY Modern Historical Corset   Homemade Natural Blue Food Coloring With Red Cabbage   How To Make A DIY Wire Hair Rat   The Edwardian Sweater Girl + 25 Free Edwardian Sweater Patterns Vegan Naturally Blue Lemon Ice Cream With Aquafaba   Edwardian Haymaking With The Scythe   How To Make Wild Yeast Bread With Fermented Honey Water Or Fruit Yeast Water   5 Vegan Snow Ice Cream Recipes

12 Popular Posts Of My Readers

How To Make River Rocks Shiny With Oil - Tutorial   Night-Time Hair Routine - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care   Men's Shirt Refashion Tutorial   How To Mend Jeans In The Crotch Area Tutorial   Edwardian Graceful Woman   Crochet Easter Bunny Garland Free Pattern   How To Make Broderie Anglaise Lace Eyelet Lace Scallops By Hand   How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String For Candles And DIY Oil Lamps   How To Grow Wheatgrass Without Soil   How To Make Your Hair Grow - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care   How To Make Satin Roses - Edwardian Tutorial   Vegan Whipped Cream Coconut-Free Cashew-Free Nut-Free Egg-Free

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