This is part 2 of my 18th century winter clothing. Here you’ll find part 1. Continue reading 18th Century Winter Clothing – Part 2
Some more pictures of me wearing my 18th century blue linen jacket. Continue reading 18th Century Winter Clothing – Part 1
Here are detail pictures of my 18th century blue linen jacket. The jacket is closed with spiral lacing. The eyelets I’ve sewn by hand with half bleached linen thread. Continue reading 18th Century Blue Linen Jacket – Details
That’s my mid 18th century blue linen jacket. Continue reading 18th Century Blue Linen Jacket
Some pictures of an evening walk in the snow. Continue reading Snow Walk In 18th Century Clothing
18th century clothing was often closed with pins or lacing (there are also other closures like hooks and eyes or buttons). If lacing was used, it was usually spiral lacing, not crisscross lacing. For spiral lacing, two of the lacing holes at the beginning and end are spaced closer together (you can see it at my linen jacket above). Continue reading 18th Century Spiral Lacing
Bergère hats were popular in the 18th century. A bergère is a hat with a low crown and wide brim and was usually made of straw. Despite the name – bergère means shepherdess in French – bergère hats were also worn by rich women.
Inspired by antique 18th century straw bergère hats like this 18th century straw bergère hat at the MET museum, I made this straw hat from scratch! I used wheat straw, soaked it in water to make it bendable, braided it into a long braid and then stitched the straw braid together with invisible stitches.
Related: How To Make A Straw Hat From Scratch
Bergère hats of rich women were usually covered with silk and trimmed with ribbon. But there were also plain straw bergère hats. The only trimming of my straw bergère hat is a blue cotton ribbon.
This handmade straw hat is also the foundation for my Edwardian hat with ostrich feathers and roses.
Here are some pictures of my 18th century outfit. Continue reading Spinning Wool In 18th Century Clothing