Before the invention of the sewing machine, hand sewing was the only method used to construct garments. There are various styles, techniques, and types of hand stitches used to do and create different things. While many of us (especially for those sewing items 1850’s and on) use the sewing machine for the majority of our projects, there are still many parts that need to be sewn by hand. I have created four little videos showing you the most commonly used stitches in historical sewing….two of which I use on every single gown I make.
Note** I am left handed – and as such the angle may seem strange to you. Simply hold the needle in your dominant hand, and follow the verbal instructions to create each stitch.
The Running Stitch
The Back Stitch
Today’s post came about in a rather unexpected way. About a month ago, a member reached out and asked for my help in finding sewing patterns to create an entire outfit. They were unsure the best place to start and how to look at a sewing pattern and figure out if it could be used to create a specific item. After spending a bit of time looking, I was able to find a variety of patterns and with great success!
They found this so helpful that I thought I would do the same thing for all members! I found four images from the 19th century and found as many patterns as I could to recreate the entire look (minus hair.) While there are a few specific patterns I have personally never used, I am very familiar with all the companies chosen and have been quite pleased. A few patterns and courses from this membership have also been linked below The patterns range in skill from moderate beginner to more advanced. I also included patterns for undergarments to make sure that you are able to to achieve the proper look for each outfit. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have! 🙂
Now on to the looks!
1805 – Regency Era
A lovely day gown which features elbow length sleeves, gathered v-neckline, a cap with veil, and reticule.