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Victorian Mourning

Victorian Mourning

Wearing mourning clothes are an ‘outward token that they loved those they lost.’ (Ladies’ Magazine and Literary Gazette, 1831, p. 117)

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, wearing mourning was a social obligation but it also helped to protect the feelings of the mourners: Every stranger would instantly recognize the mourning dress, know of their loss and wouldn’t hurt their feelings with unnecessary jaunty remarks.

The colors of Victorian mourning are black, white, gray, purple, lavender and scarlet. Black is the color most associated with mourning wear. However, not all extant black dresses are mourning dresses: Continue reading Victorian Mourning

500th Blog Post! + My Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts

Rainbow Cake 500th Blog Post! + My Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts

That’s my 500th blog post! Yay! 😀

Almost 2 years ago I published my first blog post. In the sidebar you can find the 10 most popular posts of my blog, so today, to celebrate the 500th blog post, I thought you’d like to know my top 10 favorite blog posts/ projects.

My Top 10 Favorite Blog Post/ Projects + Why:

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Moisturizer and Lotion Recipes – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Moisturizer and Lotion Recipes - Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Face and skin care was very important in the Victorian and Edwardian era. So in this part of my Victorian and Edwardian beauty series, I’m sharing with you historical recipes for DIY natural face moisturizers, skin and body lotions and lotion bars. Continue reading Moisturizer and Lotion Recipes – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

History Of Dog Food

History Of Dog Food

For millennia, humans and dogs live together – dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. In earlier times, dogs were needed to guard flocks and farms. Later, they were used as hunting dogs; whereas in the Victorian and Edwardian era, lap dogs became fashionable. There was always the consideration what best to feed the loved, and needed dog: So there’s a long history of dog food. For many centuries, dogs were just fed with barley flour soaked in milk or broth. Then in the 19th century, the first dog biscuits were produced. In the Edwardian era, meat mixed with flour or bread and vegetables was considered the best dog food. Continue reading History Of Dog Food

Victorian Bonnet Timeline 1840-1869

victorian bonnet timeline 1840s 1850s 1860s

Overview

1840s bonnets: close round the face in a ‘horseshoe’-shape; from the side view a long, rather straight bonnet shape; ‘coal scuttle bonnet’ (original 1840s bonnet); sometimes the brim and crown piece are still constructed of two pieces (1840s bonnet)

1850s bonnets: wider round the face in a ‘halo’-shape; from the side view a shorter, more sloping shape; each year, more of the forehead and cheek is revealed (original early 1850s bonnet, mid 1850s bonnet); the decoration, such as frills and flowers, is rather at the side (photograph of bonnet trimmed with roses at the cheeks), or round the face (photograph of bonnet with net frill) Continue reading Victorian Bonnet Timeline 1840-1869

Victorian Cotton Pinner Apron

Victorian Cotton Pinner Apron

I’ve sewn a Victorian pinner apron as part of my Victorian working woman outfit.

‘If for common use, aprons are made of white, brown, blue, black, or checked linen, of black stuff, calico, Holland, leather, nankeen, print, or long cloth; if for better purposes, of cambric muslin, clear, mulled, or jaconet muslin, silk, satinette, satin, &c. The length of the apron is, of course, generally determined by the height of the wearer, and the width, by that of the material, and by the purpose for which it is intended. For working aprons, the width is generally one breadth of a yard wide; for dress aprons, two breadths, one of which is cut in half, and these halfs put one on each side of the whole breadths. If the material should be wide enough, on breadth, of from fourteen to twenty nails will answer very well.’ (The Workwoman’s Guide, 1840, p. 76) Continue reading Victorian Cotton Pinner Apron

Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

Victorian Laundry- Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

‘As the appearance of many articles of dress depends greatly upon the skill of the washerwoman, it is thought that a few hints on the subject may not be misapplied; these have been collected from experienced laundresses’. (The Workwoman’s Guide, 1840, p. 234) Continue reading Victorian Laundry: Washing And Stain Remover Recipes

Face Powder And Make-up – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

Face Powder And Make-up - Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes

In this part of my ‘Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes’ series, makeup is the topic. I’ve compiled makeup tips from the Victorian era till the 1920s, as well as different Victorian and Edwardian face powder recipes. Continue reading Face Powder And Make-up – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes