Category Archives: 1900s – Edwardian

Here you’ll find costumes and accessories I’ve created suitable for 1901-1919 – the Edwardian & WW1 era; as well as other Edwardian topics.

Dressing The 1900s Woman – Edwardian Lingerie

Edwardian Lingerie - Dressing The Edwardian Lady

In the Edwardian era, a matronly figure was fashionable: The typical Gibson girl S-shaped, curvy figure with low mono-bosom bust and ample hips.

The right lingerie ‘improves the fit and set of skirt and gown in wonderful degree’ (W. B. Erect Form Corsets, 1902).

The Edwardian era lasted from 1901 to 1910 and was an era of luxury with expensive fabrics and lavish lace trimmings. Even if lingerie was almost never seen Continue reading Dressing The 1900s Woman – Edwardian Lingerie

1900-1909 Edwardian Fashion Timeline

1900-1909 Edwardian Fashion Timeline

The Edwardian era covers the short reign of King Edward VII and lasted from 1901 to 1910. It was an era of luxury with elegant dresses, expensive fabrics and trimmings. Even lingerie was lavishly trimmed with rows of lace for the first time in history! Moreover, Edwardian fashion was characterized by the new S-bend corset, the pouter pigeon shape, high collars and hats. While high collars and hats remained popular throughout the era, the pouter pigeon shape decreased over the years. Continue reading 1900-1909 Edwardian Fashion Timeline

Edwardian Sports Or Ribbon Corset

Edwardian Sports Or Ribbon 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 Combination

Edwardian women often wore combination underwear instead of a separate chemise and drawers to reduce the bulk at the waist.

Edwardian Combination

‘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

2 Plain Edwardian Petticoats

Some years ago, I made two simple Edwardian petticoats. Called plain petticoats in the Edwardian era, they were intended for everyday wear.

2 Plain Edwardian Petticoats

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.

‘Petticoats are not so elaborate as formerly’. (The Delineator, 1902) ‘Plain petticoats are necessary for everyday wear’. (School Sewing Based On Home Problems, 1906)

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Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

An easy and genius way to turn handkerchiefs into an airy lace top – the Edwardian handkerchief camisole is perfect for hot summer days!

Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

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