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Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

Lace Lavender Sachets Tutorial

Lavender sachets were a popular gift in the Victorian and Edwardian era: ‘A delightful gift that will cost but little in time or money’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a).

Lace lavender sachets are fast to sew and a great way to use up fabric and lace scraps. I used lace scraps from my Edwardian lingerie blouse and muslin scraps from my Victorian afternoon gown. (UK) Muslin is very sheer – perfect for lavender sachets. Continue reading Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

Drawn Thread Work Tutorial

How To Make Drawn Thread Work

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make basic drawn thread work by hand. Drawn thread work is a counted thread embroidery: some warp or weft threads are removed and the remaining threads are grouped together with hemstitches. Drawn thread work has been popular for a long time: It was already used in the Middle Ages (source), and was still popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era and the 1920s. ‘Drawn-thread work forms a connecting link between embroidery and lace work […] it is very durable, and washes well.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2) Continue reading Drawn Thread Work Tutorial

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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Strawberry Custard Pie – Historical Food Fortnightly Challenge #24 – Redo!

Old Fashioned Strawberry Custard Pie Recipe

For the HFF2 challenge 24 – Redo! I made the Edwardian Strawberry Custard Pie again. Last time the cake didn’t turn out as planned: the custard was too runny, the pie too sweet, and I had made too much shortcrust pastry. So I made some adjustment to the recipe. Continue reading Strawberry Custard Pie – Historical Food Fortnightly Challenge #24 – Redo!