‘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→
The Edwardian era is my favorite historical era at the moment, that’s why I made another piece of Edwardian underwear! 😀 You could call this piece of lingerie a slip, chemise, princess slip or princess petticoat. And in the Edwardian era, it was also called ‘combination chemise and short petticoat’. It combined the corset cover and short under petticoat into one garment and was usually worn over the chemise and corset. Continue reading Edwardian Slip With Lace Inserts – History Bounding→
To get fashionably wide hips and a big butt, Edwardian women often wore hip pads. After making an Edwardian padded bustle pad, I’ve now made another Edwardian hip pad: This time I made an Edwardian ruffle hip pad by following antique Edwardian sewing instructions! 😀 Continue reading Edwardian Ruffle Hip Pad→
Sew a simple unboned historical peasant bodice with front lacing for historical reenactment or as modern cottagecore lace-up corset top!
In the past, peasants and other working women often wore simple unboned bodices or lightly boned stays. My historical working woman stays are based on antique rural stays. This historical peasant bodice features a low neckline, shoulder straps, spiral lacing at the center front and princess seams at the back. You can make it completely unboned or just lightly boned. Continue reading How To Sew A Historical Peasant Bodice→
After making an Edwardian chemise with crochet yoke, I always wanted to crochet an Edwardian crochet lace yoke from scratch! 😀 To make the yoke I followed a 1910s free crochet pattern. I used unravelled cotton yarn and threaded turquoise silk ribbon through the finished yoke. I love how the Edwardian crochet lace yoke turned out! Continue reading Edwardian Camisole With DIY Crochet Lace Yoke→
My Edwardian hip pad is inspired by antique Edwardian hip pads, like the Scott Ventilated Hip Pad & Bustle. But for a better fit under Edwardian straight-front corsets, I actually used the bottom part of an antique corset to draw the pattern! So my Edwardian hip pad pattern might look different than the typical crescent-shaped Edwardian hip pad patterns that are sold today. But antique Edwardian bustle pads came in various forms like this or this antique hip pad. And I find that this shaped hip pad fits better under Edwardian straight-front (aka S-bend) corsets: It fills out the bum, creates the fashionable wide hips of the Edwardian era without destroying the fashionable straight-front of Edwardian corsets. Continue reading How To Sew An Edwardian Hip Pad→
I wanted to make an Edwardian summer net corset for years but I couldn’t find a suitable net fabric. But now I finally found a cotton net fabric and could make my Edwardian cotton net summer corset. Yay! 😀 I’m so happy how it turned out: It’s so comfy! Continue reading Edwardian Cotton Net Summer Corset→
My Edwardian unboned sports corset is my favorite corset so far: it’s so comfy! 😀 The corset is a single-layer corset made of thin pale blue cotton fabric with flat felled seams. It’s inspired by antique Edwardian unboned athletic corsets and health corsets. And even though the corset is unboned and made of thin fabric, I can lace it tighter than more heavily boned corsets made of sturdy cotton fabric like my Edwardian coutil corset! I just love how my Edwardian sports corset turned out! 😀 Continue reading Edwardian Unboned Sports Corset→
‘The “W. B. Erect Form” corset gives a long, low and full effect from shoulder to bust. It is the only correct model for the new straight-front styles in costumes. It is a health corset. It is a surpassingly beautiful corset.’ (W.B. Erect Form Corset Ad, 1900)
Even though I often make historical corsets, particularly Edwardian corsets, this is the first time I used coutil – the typical corset fabric of today – and spoiler: I don’t like it! 😉 Continue reading Edwardian Coutil Corset→