I’ve sewn an Edwardian white muslin and lace blouse for challenge 8 of the Historical Sew Monthly.
For the yoke and sleeve insertions I used cotton Maline and Valenciennes lace.
Here’s my tutorial about how to sew an Edwardian lace yoke.
The neckline I finished with a hand-rolled hem …
… before I attached the lace yoke with overhanding stitches. Here’s a close-up picture of an Edwardian lace yoke.
The blouse has pintucks at the back.
The blouse is closed with buttons, and the lace yoke with snaps.
Here’s my tutorial how lace insertions were made in the Edwardian era. This method I used 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‘ as it’s faster to make and the ‘white shadow’ is hidden behind the Maline lace ruffle.
The lace cuff I attached as 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€
This lace blouse will later be part of an Edwardian lingerie dress which I’m sewing at the moment. It’ll have a mint green artificial silk corset cover and petticoat underneath – the same fabric which I used for my 1920s afternoon dress. I’ve already finished the corset cover, and another white cotton petticoat as 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 attached. And I haven’t started the muslin and lace skirt yet.