The art and appreciation of historical costuming whether it's your own work, something you bought, or inspiration you enjoy. Share your photos, your suggestions, your skills, and your thoughts on historical costumes.
The art and appreciation of historical costuming whether it's your own work, something you bought, or inspiration you enjoy. Share your photos, your suggestions, your skills, and your thoughts on historical costumes - everything from boots and breeches to dresses and accessories to breastplates and pauldrons.
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Do you guys know how to dress for a proper Edwardian dinner?
I have been invited to an Edwardian dinner as a lady. Can anyone help me with what to wear and the proper etiquette? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I made a cute little dress for my cousin. The pattern also came with a jumper pattern that I’m also making. The materials are all modern, but I think it’s cute anyways. Pattern is Simplicity 8619.
2023 Virtual Lecture Series: Introduction to 19th-Century Western Fashion, led by curator Brandon Brooks.
This curator-led series offers beginner students an introductory overview of 19th-century Western fashions for men, women, and children. Each 2-hour module covers roughly 4 decades, beginning in the 1790s and ending just before WWI. Graduates of this complete course will be able to visually identify specific 19th-century fashion eras with their associated silhouettes. This course will educate students on 19th-century garment terminology, the structures and components of clothing, social traditions of dress, and the mechanics behind how 19th-century fashion and garments were created. Register for all three sessions, or pick and choose your area of interest!
Session 1: 1790 – 1839 Saturday, July 8 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Session 2: 1840 – 1869 Saturday, September 23 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Session 3: 1870 – 1900 Friday, December 8 | 12 – 2 p.m.
Learn more and register: https://www.gcv.org/event/virtual-lecture-series-introduction-to-19th-century-fashionvirtual-lecture-series/
I just picked up an Aerlit tatting shuttle since I wanted to learn how to tat (it's going well so far) that has a small hook on one end. It reminds me of a crochet hook. Could I use it similarly to a chain stitch sewing machine and 'sew' clothes that way?
When it comes to long, large sleeves such as bell sleeves or perhaps even kimono sleeves (or any such sleeve, really), are there any instances in which they were tied back or buttoned back to free up the hands? Would love any resources or references or tips you could provide. TIA!
Does anyone know what this type of hat is called so that I could look it up and find construction details? Thanks!
I’m making black breeches (1770s) with a white lining. Do I use white thread that will be visible on the black surface or black thread that will be visible against the lining fabric? Looking at extant examples, it looks like they didn’t care if natural colored stitching was visible against a dark colored fabric but it does look sloppy to a modern eye. What color would you recommend?
I'm trying to make a late 1830s day dress would it be better to use the underpinnings from the 1830s or 40s? I'm looking specifically at the black snail patterns
Hi everyone, I've been passionate about historical costuming for a long time now, without daring to try. There is a medieval event coming up in like two months or so in my area, so I feel like this is the perfect way of getting motivated. I want to start with a medieval tunic and a wide sleeve gown. Do you have any advice or anything that I should know before starting?
Hi lovely people!
So, I just started getting into historical costuming and I decided to make a late 19th century shirt for myself (something around 1880s to 1890s), but I am a bit lost about how to draft the pattern and sew it, so I resorted to you, could you please guide me about this or maybe suggest me a pattern or other resources? I would be so grateful.
Thanks in advance :)
I'm making 1790s transitional stays but I have a pretty small bust and a wide rib cage so, as usual, my mockup is too wide in the bust and too narrow at the "waist". I managed to grade a smaller bust size up to a larger waist size in my last pair of stays, but I can't figure out how to do it with these pattern pieces and still have them match up at the seams. Does anyone have experience doing this or have any suggestions?
“A man garishly adorned with whatever he could buy, borrow or steal, melded together in a way that is offensive to the tasteful but indicative of the heart and soul of the Landsknecht soldier.”
Has anyone bought them? I'm intrigued by the concept and intend to make my own stays but in the meantime a leather reproduction sounds somewhat appealing... especially since the price seems pretty reasonable. Just curious if anyone has purchased them and what your experience is?
Bernadettes video working with the janet arnald book was taken down. Where she long hand scales the pattern. Does anyone have a link to a saved copy of the video?
I’m trying to get started in making historical costume but I just can’t pick an era, and was hoping to find YouTubers who are making this stuff and support their channels (I’m already following all the major ones ie Morgan Donner, Bernadette, Karolina, etc). Also I just would like more content in general for when I’m doing hand sewing :)
Do you find the buttons to be an issue during your day? I'm not worried about closing the garment. But I am pondering how comfortable small buttons would be between me and the back of a chair, for example... 🤔🤔 What have your experiences been? Have a wonderful day!
I'm making a late 1770s (daily wear, middle class) round gown. I know in the later 18th century the light florals come back into fashion. Is the whitespace between the flowers to much for the period? I'm not looking for perfection in historical accuracy.
I’m looking for appliqué like one the bodice of this dress, but i’m not sure where to buy it, or if i have to make it. If i have to make it, any instructions or tutorial links would be super helpful!
Hello all, I am looking for a place to purchase men’s shoes from the noted era for my graduation; any recommendations, particularly for the UK?
Hello all. I'm a film and history student currently working on a short film for university set around 1885. I need a bit of help regarding women's fashion from England/Scotland at the time and how to recreate it. I know the basics. The bustles and such. Though not much about fabrics and colours. Any suggestions for good sewing patterns would be much appreciated. Thanks all!
I've been looking at images online and while it feels to me that the back is too narrow at the top, I think my shape and the combo of lighter bodice and darker sleeves is creating an optical illusion. But it definitely feels too constrictive in the arms and shoulders and it still looks off to me. My instinct is to want to lower the armscyes (even though this pattern just had high ones) and angle the shoulder straps out a bit wider, but this is my first 18th century gown so I'd appreciate some help!