The Edwardian summer girl is robust, strong and independent. She’s bare-armed, collarless, hatless and short-skirted: She doesn’t care if she gets freckles or a tan. She’s as good at sports as men: She swims, rows, hunts – she even plays barefoot golf! Continue reading The Edwardian Summer Girl
I sewed another rain skirt. This time I used old silver rain pants and turned them into a rain skirt. Continue reading Rain Pants To Rain Skirt – Refashion
That’s my 1920s blue wool coat. Continue reading 1920s Blue Wool Coat
My Victorian-style pink and cream cape which is inspired by mid-Victorian capes, mainly by this pretty 1860s cream wool twill and quilted pink silk cape. It’s a reversible cape: one side is pink, the other cream. I used non-authentic polyester fleece fabric instead of wool fabric, so the cape is just historically inspired. But the cape is lightweight and warm.
I’m wearing the cape with my 1860s copper taffeta dress. I’ll be updating the post when I have more and better photos of the cape.
I’ve sewn a 1920s wool cloche hat and I’ve written a tutorial about it. I’ve also included a free pattern for you, if you want to sew your own 1920s cloche hat. 🙂
In the 1920s, cloche hats were not always store-bought: There were many instructions published about how to sew cloche hats at home. So it’s authentic to grab some fabric and sew your own cloche hat! 😀
‘Making a felt hat: There is none of the tediousness of the usual millinery construction. There are no foundation frames or buckram. The hat is cut along lines outlined on the felt. The pieces of soft pliable material are nearly all stitched together on the sewing machine. […] All so quickly done […] Almost miraculously in a few minutes’ time one evolves a chic little hat’. (1928 instructions for eight different sewn felt cloche hats)
- 1920s Cloche Hat PDF Pattern
- fabric (I’ve used black wool broadcloth)
- sewing machine
Some pictures of my fin de siecle cycling suit which I’ve sewn some years ago. Continue reading Edwardian Bicycle Costume
To protect themselves against rain, Victorians wore boiled wool coats, oiled silk capes, oiled silk umbrellas, or early rubberized coats. I’ve compiled Victorian and Edwardian recipes how fabric and shoes were made waterproof between the 1840s and 1910s. Continue reading Victorian Rainwear: How To Make Fabric And Shoes Waterproof
‘ I am sure she was well dressed […] for I cannot remember what she had on.’ (Household Companion, 1909)
Edwardian women were advised not to neglect the importance of dress: ‘Suit your dresses to the occasions upon which they are to be used’ (Household Companion, 1909). ‘A trailing gown of velvet and lace is not adapted for shopping or travelling, any more than a tweed skirt and flannel blouse is appropriate to an afternoon reception.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2) Continue reading How To Dress In The Edwardian Era