I’ve been wanting to make an Edwardian hand-embroidered eyelet lace camisole from scratch for a long time and now I’ve finally made one! Yay! 😀 I embroidered the camisole by hand, carefully cut along the embroidered scallops and then hand sewed the side seams together with Edwardian hemmed fell seams.
Eyelet lace – aka broderie anglaise – is a historical cutwork and whitework embroidery. Broderie anglaise looks beautiful, isn’t too difficult to make but takes ages to embroider! 😉 That’s why it took me a few years to finally finish my hand-embroidered Edwardian eyelet lace camisole! Continue reading Hand-Embroidered Edwardian Eyelet Lace Camisole→
Inspired by antique Edwardian shirtwaists, I made an early Edwardian shirtwaist with wide tucks, cotton bobbin lace inserts, tucked bishop sleeves, pouter pigeon front, a hidden button closure and tapering tucks at the back to emphasize the waist. And as usual, I used a combination of hand and machine sewing – on my old treadle sewing machine – which is typical of the Edwardian era. Continue reading Edwardian Shirtwaist Blouse With Tucks & Lace Inserts→
The Edwardian era is my favorite historical era at the moment 😀 and also the era I know the most about. I try to make all my Edwardian clothes as historically accurate as possible using Edwardian sewing techniques. So I thought I’d write a list about popular Edwardian sewing details and why they were used. I’ll update the post from time to time when I find new Edwardian sewing techniques – so stay tuned! Continue reading 9 Edwardian Sewing Details + Why They Were Used→
After making an Edwardian cotton wash dress a couple of years ago, I now made another Edwardian cotton dress. 😀 It’s an early Edwardian dress with a separate bodice & skirt, tucks at the front and pintucks at the back of the bodice, wide bishop sleeves and a tulip skirt with a wide hem circumference and a ruffle at the bottom. As always I used a self-drafted pattern based on antique Edwardian sewing patterns and made the dress as historically accurate as possible. Continue reading Edwardian Blue Polka Dot Cotton Dress→
A couple of years ago I made two plain Edwardian petticoats. But one of the petticoats wasn’t 100% historically correct and the other (longer) petticoat hadn’t enough width around the hem. So I decided to give both petticoats a makeover because the fabric was still good and strong. Continue reading 2 Edwardian Petticoat Makeover→
Edwardian under-petticoats – the petticoat you put on directly over your corset – were usually shorter than top petticoats for easier walking. For my short Edwardian lace petticoat I used an old cotton bedsheet and lace from my stash. 🙂 Continue reading Short Edwardian Lace Petticoat→
This refashioned Edwardian lace slip was my Edwardian combination before! 😉 The Edwardian combination was one of my first Edwardian sewing projects so it wasn’t historically correct. The seams were just zigzagged, velvet trim was never used on Edwardian underwear and never in this way. On top of that, I also made a mistake when cutting out the combination suit so there was an ugly zigzagged join down the front of the drawers part. And because of all that I didn’t like it anymore and never wore it. But the fabric was still good. Therefore I decided to refashion it into something I’d like and wear! Continue reading Refashioned Edwardian Lace Slip→
‘Every well groomed woman is very particular to see that outside garments fit without wrinkles and with a glove-like appearance across the hips and back. […] The fitted princess slip has come into use to overcome this difficulty’ (School Sewing Based On Home Problems, 1916).
I’m currently sewing an Edwardian lace lingerie dress and I made this Edwardian princess slip to wear underneath. Princess slips were an alternative to a separate petticoat and corset cover (camisole) in the 1900s. Because princess slips fit smoothly over the body and don’t have a seam at the waist they were considered superior to underwear with waist seams. But they are also more difficult to make than a separate petticoat and camisole! 😉 Continue reading Edwardian Princess Slip→