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Category: 1800s

Recreation of an 1815 Norwegian Wedding Dress

This costume project was a big one I finished earlier in the year and made a video about it here. The dress is a recreation of this gown from a Norwegian museum. Dated to 1815, the gown is part of a collection of “bridal attire” including a pair of green shoes and an orange shawl. But the reason I really wanted to make it was because it had a pattern! Sort of. The listing included…

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1840s Ballgown

I made this dress on a pretty tight deadline intending to wear it to a small Victorian-themed, Covid-safe get-together this past winter but that got delayed multiple times and I still haven’t been able to wear this gown out and about. I choose the 1840s specifically because the era is pre-crinoline and pre-bustles. I didn’t want to have to make any complicated underlayers when I was already short on time. But the more I dive…

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1860s Work Dress and Accessories

I started working on this costume in 2013 (!!!) and finally finished it last summer. It was the first costuming project I ever started and I abandoned it halfway through when I realized the pattern I had bought (thinking it was a casual work dress) turned out to be a fancy summer dress. In my defense, the fabric they used for the sample on the envelope cover is quite plain and beige, not fancy-looking at…

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Black Snail Regency Era Dress and Spencer

You might remember my last Regency project – this black velvet and silk spencer, which I made specifically to hide the back bodice of a poorly made white striped gown. Which was my second attempt at making a white striped Regency gown. It feels like I’ve been trying to make one stupid dress for years with no luck – until now! Sheer white muslin dresses were like the little black dress of the Regency era….

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Regency Spencer – Laughing Moon #129

This historical costume project came about as an attempt to salvage another historical costume project. Let’s begin with the dress that inspired the jacket. Warning, this post is long so if you’d like to skip to the discussion on the jacket, continue down until you see more jacket photos. I sewed this white Regency gown years ago but due to a massive fail on my part, it lingered in the Drawer of Shame ever since….

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Historical Costuming: 1840s day dress and bonnet

After what seems like years I’ve finally finished my 1840s costume. I completed the dress months ago but the bonnet languished unfinished until recently. Underneath all of this, I’m wearing my Victorian undergarments (including four petticoats!), silk stockings and brown leather ballet flats (not exactly period accurate but close enough for now). Let’s talk about this dress: The pattern is Laughing Moon Mercantile #114 with some minor adjustments. I made View B but with the flat…

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1880s Bustle Dress Costume

This might be my most elaborate costume make to date. And I finished it justintime for my event at an art museum where these photos were taken (so ignore the buses and cars in the background). To summarize, I’m wearing a cotton chemise under this Victorian corset, a steel lobster-tail bustle with ruffled petticoat, an underskirt, overskirt, bodice, bonnet, along with silk stockings and costume lace-up boots. Also, my mother-in-law was kind enough to let…

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Mid-Victorian underthings

Warning: this post is long. I’m sharing six (!!!) pieces I’ve made. All for costumes. I’m working on several historical costumes right now but this group of garments is for my 1840s costume. Some of these items are more 1860s/Civil War era, others much earlier, but they can still be used for the 1840s. Let’s start from the innermost layer and work our way out… Chemise: Made of white muslin, the chemise was like a big…

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