An 1850s daguerreotype! Continue reading 1850s Daguerreotype
Close-up pictures of my mid-Victorian needlerun Limerick lace day cap. Some of the following pictures are of the right, some of the wrong side of the lace cap: as you can see both sides look very similar. Continue reading Needlerun Limerick Lace Day Cap – Details
It didn’t take long to sew this mid-18th century lappet cap by hand. Here are now some detail pictures of the cap. Continue reading Handsewn 18th Century Lappet Cap – Details
Some close-ups of my Victorian mint green cotton sunbonnet, which is handsewn in about 6 hours. Continue reading Handsewn Victorian Cotton Sunbonnet – Details
Here are some close-up pics of my handsewn Victorian day cap. Continue reading Mid-Victorian Handsewn Cotton Day Cap – Details
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew an authentic 1840-1850s plain cotton day cap by hand. Continue reading How To Sew An Authentic Mid-Victorian Day Cap – Tutorial
That’s my mid-Victorian sheer, white, cotton muslin summer dress. Continue reading 1850s Sheer White Muslin Dress
The right underwear is very important for historical costuming – even more important than the dress – because underwear provides the structure for the dress. Without the correct underwear, the dress looks cheap and shabby.
Victorian women wore many layers of underwear: chemise, drawers, corset, petticoats – to name just a few. Mid-Victorian underwear was usually very plain – unlike late Victorian or Edwardian lingerie with their lace frills and flounces.
Here I’m showing you how a middle or upper class woman would’ve dressed in the 1840s or 1850s. Continue reading 1840s/ 1850s Underwear – Dressing The Victorian Lady
My late 1850s or early 1860s brown taffeta day dress is inspired by this beautiful 1855-7 brown silk day dress which is trimmed with black velvet bands and fringe. Continue reading 1850s/ 1860s Copper-Colored Taffeta Day Dress