I’ve finally finished my Edwardian S-bend corset! Yay! It took a couple of years – from drafting/ adapting the pattern to finding the perfect fabric and notions and sewing the corset – but now it’s finished. And I love how it turned out! Continue reading Edwardian S-Bend Silk Corset
Not all women in the Edwardian era wore heavily boned corsets. Some preferred to wear lightly boned corsets, usually called sports or athletic corsets:
The Edwardian sports corset doesn’t ‘interfere in the many free movements of any of the outdoor games […] and every one will be quick to appreciate the advantages of the newest try in the favor of athletics, comfort and trimness.’ (San Francisco Call, 1903) Continue reading Edwardian Sports Or Ribbon Corset
Edwardian women often wore combination underwear instead of a separate chemise and drawers to reduce the bulk at the waist.
‘Combinations combine the slip bodice and drawers type, and are certainly more economical than two separate garments.’ (Educational Needlecraft, 1911)
Edwardian combinations combined the chemise (or corset cover) and drawers in one, and were worn under the corset. Continue reading Edwardian Combination
Some years ago, I made two simple Edwardian petticoats. Called plain petticoats in the Edwardian era, they were intended for everyday wear.
When you think of Edwardian lingerie, you probably think of sheer, white cotton petticoats trimmed with rows and rows of lace. But there were also plain everyday petticoats. Edwardian petticoats for everyday wear were often made with sturdy, white cotton fabric, a simple cotton ruffle forming the only trimming.
An easy and genius way to turn handkerchiefs into an airy lace top – the Edwardian handkerchief camisole is perfect for hot summer days!
In the Edwardian era, the handkerchief camisole was of course part of the lingerie, but today you can wear it as pretty lace top! The Edwardian handkerchief camisole is easy and fast to make – no pattern (or fitting) needed. And another bonus point: Because the handkerchiefs are already hemmed, there’s only minimal sewing required! Continue reading Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole
This antique Edwardian lace petticoat is so airy and pretty with lace insertions, pintucks and a wide Valenciennes lace flounce!
This antique lace petticoat is from the Edwardian era. Like my antique Edwardian lace chemise, my antique 1920s marcel wave iron and my antique Victorian linen chemise, I found it on ebay! Continue reading Antique Edwardian Lace Petticoat
Nightcaps or sleeping caps were worn while sleeping to keep the hair tangle-free and – especially silk nightcaps – to make the hair glossy. Nightcaps have a long history and even today silk caps are recommended for long or curly hair. Read on to find out why and how Edwardian and WW1 women wore nightcaps and how to make a vintage silk sleeping cap for yourself!
History Of The Nightcap
In the Victorian era, nightcaps were worn by all women, young and old. Continue reading History Of The Nightcap – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care
Make an easy Edwardian ribbon fuchsia with gold and silver ribbon!
‘Charming and novel effects can be obtained in “hoar frost” embroidery, a work that will appeal very strongly to all lovers of the dainty and delicate. The materials required are simple and inexpensive. Silver gauze ribbon in half and quarter inch widths […] and net’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a).
This authentic Edwardian ribbon fuchsia flower is easy and fast to make. All you need is a piece of gold and silver ribbon! In the Edwardian era, “hoar frost” fuchsia flowers were worn as headdress. Continue reading Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia – Ribbon Flower Tutorial
Edwardian walking dresses: What Edwardian women wore in cold and rainy winter weather and for summer hiking vacations.
‘The very best form of exercise, all doctors agree, is walking. It brings into action every muscle of the body, stimulates the organs and circulation, and provides an interesting amusement, because it is enjoyable. It induces health because it does not overstrain any part of the body, and it brings beauty of form because it gets rid of superfluous tissue, and, at the same time, develops the muscles, thus filling out the hollows and thin places.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a)
Edwardians were fond of walking. Even rain didn’t stop them: They believed a walk through rain was an excellent skin toner! But the clothing had to be light and warm so as not to catch cold. Edwardian walking dresses usually consisted of a short leather-lined wool skirt, a wool jacket or sweater, walking boots and a soft felt cap or hat. Continue reading Edwardian Walking Dresses
9 free antique knit and crochet patterns for Edwardian & WW1 tam o’shanter hats!
The Edwardian tam o’shanter or tam hat – a soft knitted or crocheted wool hat – was the everday hat of Edwardian girls and sports hat of Edwardian women. ‘A small woollen cap […] which only needs two hairpins to keep it in place, is extremely becoming, and suitable either for summer or winter.’ Continue reading Edwardian & WW1 Tam O’Shanter Hats – Free Knit & Crochet Patterns