At the moment I’m making a DIY tape lace collar for my 1920s rayon chiffon dress. But instead of tape I’m using bobbin lace. This original 1920s tape lace collar with bobbin lace is my main inspiration. Continue reading DIY Tape Lace Collar
‘Freshness and daintiness are the chief characteristics of attractive Easter gifts, and there is never an occasion when the expenditure of a large amount of money is so unnessary in order to procure a suitable gift. A very little money, the exercise of some taste and the bearing in mind of what the spring festival really means in the sense of the fresh blossoming of nature are the elements needed in the selection of Easter gifts.’ (Los Angeles Herald, 1909) Continue reading Edwardian Easter Gifts
The Edwardian Easter Bunny
‘In Germany, it is the timid hare who is supposed to be responsible for the plentiful supply of brightly coloured Easter eggs so eagerly sought for by the children in all manner of hiding-places. The hare, therefore, plays a very important part in German Easter observances, and representations of the gentle, long-eared little creature are immensely popular. Indeed, they are fast acquiring a firm footing in this country also, and threaten to outrival the charms of the hens, chickens, frogs, and fish that never fail to put in an appearance whenever the glad spring festival is at hand.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2) Continue reading History Of The Easter Egg & Easter Bunny
‘Easter week would, indeed, be a dull commonplace seven days without the advent of at least one party, where appropriate merry-making holds sway. It is a delightful time, too, for the younger generation to entertain their little friends, Continue reading Children’s Easter Parties In The Edwardian Era
Easter Cake With Candied Violets And Pistachio Nuts
‘The natural colors of violets and pistachio nuts unite to furnish a most attractive and somewhat showy decoration.
Wash a cup of butter in cold water to remove the salt, Continue reading Victorian And Edwardian Easter Candy & Desserts
‘In the language of the small child, “Easter is most as good as Christmas.” One readily accepts this conclusion after visiting the shops with their festive array of amusing toys and devices that delight the fancy of youngsters who still live in the land of Happy Delusion. Continue reading Edwardian Easter Toys
‘Have you bought your Easter hat? It is certainly time to select something, and it is getting along into the days when one cannot longer postpone the hat crisis. […] That she who buys her millinery now pays two prices for it may be true. But it is also true that the first millinery is worth double the price of the later offerings. […] There is a new look about the early season millinery that is never observed later on. Continue reading Edwardian Easter Hats
‘If Easter Sunday is clear there will be an Easter parade up Fifth avenue that will outshine in brilliancy any previous Easter function of this kind ever beheld by fashionable New York-srs. For awhile, you will remember it was not considered good form to parade on Easter Sunday. But in the many revivals of the twentieth century the revival of the Easter parade is one of the most marked. To go to church is, of course, the correct thing; and to walk afterward is also accepted as in accord with the spirit of Easter; and what more certain than that every woman will wear her best hat and best gown out to enjoy the sunshine of the April day.’ (San Francisco Call, 1903)
‘The famous “Easter Parade” on Fifth avenue on the morning of Easter has degenerated in recent years. It is no longer the fashionable function it once was – at least not wholly so.
Buckram is a very stiff fabric, almost like cardboard. Buckram is used for millinery and historical clothing. You can buy buckram but buckram is easy to make at home: All you need is cornstarch and cotton or linen fabric – I usually use cotton canvas, twill or Aida cloth. Continue reading How To Make DIY Buckram For Millinery & Historical Clothing
‘The smart Easter hostess will inaugurate a new idea in entertaining, one that she has copied from her English sisters over the sea. She will send out invitations for an Easter breakfast party, bidding her most congenial friends to assemble at her hospitable board. Continue reading An Edwardian Easter Party