All posts filed under: Historical Fashion

A Touch of the 1920’s

Today’s post is all about appreciating the various aspects of life during the 1920’s.  From recipes to fashion and a bit in between, I hope you enjoy these reflections of the past.  And of course, I hope you will try one of the delicious recipes provided below…I know I will! 🙂 Spring weddings are the perfect time to choose something bright and cheerful!  I love the cut of the green dress! Finding the perfect wave and bob is such an eternal struggle.  Maybe these images will help spark some ideas! Upcoming rainy days mean bringing out the old reliable rain coat!  This stylish lady has both a matching hat and jacket in a happy shade of blue! This lady is not only impeccably dressed, she is also in a stunning location! Host a spring tea party and make a few of these little treats to serve! I adore house plans, and this little bungalow is equal parts quaint and charming! Happy 1920’s my friends!

Piping – Is it Needed?

It’s confession time. I have not always used nor understood the point of piping.  I didn’t get it.  I didn’t know when to use it, and I was pretty sure it was a waste of my time. And then, I got a bit better at my sewing.  So I stopped using excuses as to why I didn’t pipe and finally acknowledged that it was because I didn’t know how to use it at all. Piping, in this context, refers to a 1 1/2″-2″ wide strip of fabric, cut on the bias, which has then been folded in half with a piece of cording place in between.  A tight stitch along the side of the cording creates a smooth finish.  This piping is then used in various places on bodices, and occasionally skirts, to add strength, texture, and contrast.  The tricky part is you have to keep your stitches tight. I mean tight.  You just want to see the cording peeping through in a neat and tidy fashion.  And this is where I would become frustrated and …

Getting Attached to “Detachable” Items

If you are interested in getting a different look for your outfit, accessories can make a huge difference!  Today, we mostly turn to scarves and jewelry to spice up or alter our clothes.  However, these go-tos were not always the first choice in decades past.  Many women used what we can think of as “detachable” items that were either pinned, buttoned, or basted onto their clothes. This allowed for everyday clothes to be given a little pick-me-up for a very affordable price.  Simply remove for cleaning and then use on any garment that could use a little something extra. Collars were the most common form of the “detachable” items, although under sleeves, as seen during the Regency era or during the 1850’s-1860’s, were also quite common.  Mostly made of stark white cotton, linen, or lace, these little beauties came in various sizes, shapes, and textures. This 1860’s lace capelet/collar is fascinating as it appears to be covering up an evening gown…perhaps making it more appropriate for daywear! This woman wears both a detachable collar as well …

All Things Baby…and a Gender Reveal

It has been a very busy two weeks. I have been sewing up a storm and working very hard at this tricky little thing called online marketing.  And since my brain has been swimming with all the things that need to get done, I thought I would take a little mental break.  And what more perfect way to take my mind off all the craziness than to focus on my happy little bundle that is due in less than four months! Four months!! Eeeek!!! 🙂 The past few weeks have also been a bit of a roller coaster when it came to finding out the gender of our baby.  Since I am a planner, and sewer, it was important to me that I find out the gender in advance so I could plan and get as much done as I could before the baby comes.  So when our doctor told us at our 12 week sonogram that she was 85% sure she knew what the gender was, of course, we couldn’t wait to hear!  Imagine our joy …

A Timeline of Fashion’s Influence

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the British men’s clothing company T.M. Lewin.  While I never have personally purchased clothing from them, I was very aware of the name and longevity. Established in 1898, they have spent the past one hundred years providing high quality men’s clothing and are well-known for the introduction of the button down shirt.  So what, may you ask, is a men’s clothing store doing reaching out to me, a women’s historical clothing blog?  Well, the company wished to celebrate 300 years of British influence on men’s fashion and wondered if I would be interested in participating.  At first, I wasn’t sure what I could do.  I mean, I enjoy men’s clothing, but enough to write about it?  I just wasn’t sure.  So I thought and spent some time studying the fabulous timeline graphic they sent me, and realized the large connection between men and women’s clothing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time researching and loved finding examples of women’s fashion that directly corresponded with men’s. So, with all that said, …

Fashion Plate Fun

Today I thought it would be fun to browse through a variety of fashion plates!  I mean, who doesn’t love a little gown envy?!   I decided to share a few of my favorites starting around 1830 and going up to 1940.  Ranging from daywear to evening wear, these fashion plates are just the thing to get your fashion juices flowing!   Let’s get started! This 1830’s evening gown is in the most amazing color of blue I have ever seen!   These 1850’s gowns are perfect examples of visiting or afternoon gowns. While it is a toss up between the two, I am in love with the yellow 1860’s ballgown with red floral accents. While I am sure walking was very difficult in this particular creation, I still love the color and pattern combinations of this 1880’s gown. A lovely array of turn of the century shirtwaists.   Sigh….I adore every single one of these 1910’s outfits.   Perfect for summer vacations, these 1920’s outfits are just made for an ocean resort. This soft …

Winter Outfits: 1870-1940

Another cold snap has hit and brought with it a foot of snow!  I can’t really complain as I love the snow, but it certainly does require quite a bit of bundling up.  On days like this, I pull out my faithful down coat and matching snow boots, suit up, and then head out to brace the winter wind. Of course, I promise myself if I can complete all my errands without too much resentment towards the bitter cold, then I can have a nice hot cup of cocoa when I come home…its a great compromise! So despite the chill outside, today’s post is all about warm and stylish winter clothing!  To start with, I found this fascinating timeline on gdfalksen.com.  I absolutely love the purple tones and enjoy seeing the change of fashion. Image by gdfalksen.com And out of all these lovely looks, I found some extras that I just had to include! Here are two 1880’s ensemble, with one featuring a lovely face veil. This 1918 look has a lovely matching fur collar and …

A 1770’s Fashion Shoot

What better way to start off the new year than with a historical fashion shoot!  This particular shoot highlighted two new 1770’s gown I created last month.  Which was a miracle I was able to get any sewing done, since I spent quite a few weeks hugging the toilet….I’m four months pregnant just in case you missed last week’s post! 🙂 Anyways!!!  I am so happy to be feeling better and what better way to celebrate than with a wonderful snowy day and some wonderful photographs. So with a big thank you to my model Cassandra, here are a few of my favorite images from this fun photo adventure! Both gown are currently for sale on my Etsy Shop along with many new Regency custom order listings!   Well, now I’m going to grab a snack and go work on a 1916 skirt….fingers crossed!!  Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone!