I’ve sewn an Edwardian white muslin and lace blouse for challenge 8 ‘Heirlooms & Heritage’ of the Historical Sew Monthly.
In the Edwardian era, this kind of blouse was called lingerie waist or blouse.
I used sheer, white muslin for the blouse and cotton Maline and Valenciennes lace for the lace yoke and sleeve insertions.
Here’s my tutorial about how to sew an Edwardian lace yoke.
The neckline is finished with a hand-rolled hem …
… before I attached the lace yoke with overhand stitches. Here’s a close-up picture of an Edwardian lace yoke.
The blouse has pintucks at the back; and is closed with buttons, while the lace yoke is closed with snaps.
Here’s my tutorial about how lace insertions were made in the Edwardian era. I used this method for the top of the lace insertion.
For the bottom of the lace insertion I used method 2 of my tutorial ‘How to attach lace the Edwardian way‘ because it’s faster to make and the ‘white shadow’ is hidden behind the Maline lace ruffle.
I attached the lace cuff like here.
Challenge: 8 – Heirlooms & Heritage
Fabric: white 100% cotton UK muslin
Pattern: antique 1900s shirtwaist pattern adapted to make it fuller in front for the pouter-pigeon shape of the earlier Edwardian era
Year: 1903/ 1904
Notions: white cotton Valenciennes and Maline lace
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate
Hours to complete: about six or seven whole days
First worn: today for the photos
Total cost: 66$ / 59€
The lace blouse will later be part of an Edwardian lingerie dress which I’m sewing at the moment. The Edwardian lingerie dress will be worn over a mint green artificial silk corset cover and petticoat underneath – it’s the same fabric which I used for my 1920s afternoon dress. I’ve already finished the corset cover, and another white cotton petticoat because the mint green petticoat didn’t drape well with just two petticoats underneath. The mint green petticoat is partly finished but still without the hem, dust ruffle and flounce. And I haven’t started the muslin and lace skirt yet.