My late 1850s or early 1860s brown taffeta day dress is inspired by this beautiful 1855-7 brown silk day dress which is trimmed with black velvet bands and fringe. Continue reading 1850s/ 1860s Copper-Colored Taffeta Day Dress
For challenge 6 of the Historical Sew Monthly, I’ve made a Victorian corded corset. It’s the first corded corset I’ve made. Continue reading Historical Sew Monthly – Victorian (1860s) Corded Corset
I’ve made this hairstyle which is inspired by Empress Elisabeth of Austria‘s braided hairstyles. Continue reading Sissi (Empress Elisabeth of Austria) Inspired Hairstyle
In the 1860s, walking skirts were sometimes looped up to be shorter and therefore more practical, as well as to protect the skirt from mud and dirt. Drawn-up skirts revealed the outer petticoat which – formerly plain – became coloured, striped (called a Balmoral skirt), or embroidered as a consequence. Usually looped-up skirts were worn over a hooped Balmoral petticoat, but this photograph shows a lady without hoop skirt. Looped-up skirts were worn for walking, at the seaside, for travelling, and for sports such as : croquet, ice skating, hiking, mountaineering, and glacier excursions.
Three stages of mourning were worn in the 1860s: Close or deep mourning for the nearest relations. Second mourning for distant relatives or by those who have previously worn deep mourning. Slight or half-mourning was the third mourning stage before mourners returned to wear ordinary dress. Each stage had its own requirements. It was a social obligation to follow the mourning etiquette in order not to become a social outcast. Continue reading Mourning In The 1860s
This late 1860s braided hairstyle is inspired by this 1870 fashion plate (the one in the bottom left corner) and by Empress Elisabeth’s braided hairstyles. Here’s also a similar hairstyle (the Catalina). I parted my hair down the middle, made two braids, laid them into loops and secured them with hairpins.