Category Archives: Sewing, DIY & Recipes

Here you’ll find free sewing tutorials, my sewing and crochet projects, DIY crafts and (historical) cooking recipes.

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

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream – homemade from scratch with just 4 ingredients. This Victorian ice cream is so delicious: extremely creamy with a strong coffee taste!

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream taste just like ordinary coffee ice cream but the color is white – or rather light brown 😉 – instead of brown. In the Victorian era, white coffee ice cream was considered superior to ordinary coffee ice cream. While coffee ice cream was served at family dinners, white coffee ice cream was a suitable dessert for formal dinners and balls.

Coffee ice cream ‘will be brown, and not as delicate as’ white coffee ice cream. (The Book Of Ices, 1893, p. 14)

The following recipe for Victorian white coffee ice cream was published in The Book Of Ices in 1893. Continue reading Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Chestnut vermicelli – a traditional Austrian dessert – made with boiled chestnuts and vanilla sugar which is garnished with whipped cream. This recipe for chestnut vermicelli is from the Victorian era.

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli

Chestnut vermicelli is a delicious, old Viennese dessert made with just a few ingredients: The main ingredients are chestnuts and sugar. In Austria, chestnut vermicelli is called “Kastanienreis” – chestnut rice – because the dessert resembles rice or spaghetti. After the chestnuts are boiled, they are pressed through a colander which gives them that spaghetti-like appearance. Continue reading Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia – Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Make an easy Edwardian ribbon fuchsia with gold and silver ribbon!

Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia - Ribbon Flower Tutorial

‘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

7 Types Of Buttercream + Recipes – American, German, Italian …

Recipes for 7 types of buttercreams: American, German, Italian, French, Swiss, custard and flour buttercream. With flavor alternatives – vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter and coffee – and substitutes for vegan buttercream!

7 Types Of Buttercream Recipes

Learn to make 7 types of buttercreams from scratch: American, German, Italian, French, Swiss, custard and flour buttercream. American, German and flour buttercream are the easiest buttercreams because they’re egg-free. They’re almost foolproof to make! But if you have egg whites leftover, Swiss or Italian meringue buttercream is your best choice. And if you have egg yolks leftover, you can choose between French and custard buttercream. Continue reading 7 Types Of Buttercream + Recipes – American, German, Italian …

Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding – Layered Jello Mold

Victorian flower jelly pudding – this layered jelly and custard dessert topped with edible flowers will sure impress your guests!

Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding - Layered Jello Mold

Victorian jellies and custards were elaborate desserts served at formal dinners. This layered jello mold consist of fluffy vanilla pudding mousse with whipped egg whites, lemon jelly and is topped with edible flowers. And if you want an even more impressive dessert, you can make naturally blue butterfly pea jelly instead of lemon jelly! Continue reading Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding – Layered Jello Mold

4-Ingredient Black Bean Truffles – Vegan & From Scratch!

A healthy dessert to satisfy your chocolate cravings! These black bean truffles are vegan and made from scratch with only 4 ingredients!

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

4-Ingredient Black Bean Truffles - Vegan & From Scratch!

Yes, these chocolate truffles are made with black beans! I know what you’re thinking. No, they don’t taste of black beans! These vegan 4-ingredient black bean truffles are chocolatey, fudgy, simply delicious – and no bean taste at all! Continue reading 4-Ingredient Black Bean Truffles – Vegan & From Scratch!

5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes

These old-fashioned lemon pies from scratch are a perfect treat for a hot summer day! Six different Victorian & Edwardian recipes for lemon pie such as lemon pie with lemon slices, classic lemon tart, lemon meringue pie & lemon cream pie.

5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes

I can’t decide which of the following Victorian lemon pies was my favorite because all were so delicious! Continue reading 5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes