Velvet Corselet

I have been wanting to make a new accessory for my 1898 outfit, and while I desperately need a new blouse, I really wanted a corselet. This one is from Truly Victorian, pattern TV492.  I have a dark green walking skirt with a white blouse (I also have a matching green Eton jacket, but it hasn’t been cold enough to wear yet). This corselet really finishes the outfit, and it looks better without the jacket now!

Here is the corselet flat:



It is burgundy velvet, with a double lining of matching cotton broadcloth. It has spiral steel boning in every seam and 12 grommets in the back to lace it up. I think I should have been more careful when I was cutting it out, because the velvet seemed a little bit shorter on one end when it was time to stitch it to the lining. Oh well, live and learn!

Here it is on me! I’m sorry these photos were taken in my kitchen, but I just came home from work, and I forgot to take pictures while I was there! So this is how it looks after a long day, and after I spilled cider down my front while I was helping at the sample table.




I am wearing my combinations, corset, corset cover and 1 petticoat underneath. I think I need to make another petticoat however. I like the one I have, but the skirt is thick wool lined with linen, and it needs a little more support. My blouse I love, but it is 1910, and everything else is 1898. I also forgot to add length to the waist and the sleeves are wayyyy to tight. I can barely wiggle into it! But that is for another post! And fortunately, the corselet covers up the sins of the blouse waist being above the skirt, and the skirt waist dipping in the front instead of the back! I just love a good accessory!


Katrina is done!!

The Katrina dress has been waiting patiently for me to finish it. There was a spot on the neck that kept twisting and showed the bright pink polished cotton lining, so that had to be stitched together, and then the tucker was tacked in place a little higher to prevent the pink from showing.


The last thing to do was to decorate it! The stomacher opens in the front and attached at the sides, so I had to disguise the center fastening and make it look like a true stomacher. The trim is a 2 inch strip of fabric that is ruched with a tiny pearl and lace trim laid down the center. I know the pearls and lace are not strictly accurate, but they give the required look and they were in my stash! I put one strip around the neck and down the fronts. Another went across the top of the stomacher, but it was only stitched on the right side, the left side snaps, allowing it to open but look like it doesn’t. The center strip is laid down on the right side as well, and disguises the hooks and eyes.


Here is the finished dress! I was trying to make the trim on the stomacher serpentine, but the trim was just wide enough and not cut on the bias to make it more squiggly then serpentine! Oh well!





Over all I am very happy with how this dress turned out!

Here is a teaser of Baltus…Katrina’s father! Abi is making his outfit, and is quite protective of it and won’t let me take pictures! So expect a post from her soon!


Corsets and petticoats and bustles, oh my!

We have been as busy in the workshop as ever, and gotten a lot accomplished! Here is Abi, ever faithful, working on a pair of jumps. She has gotten quite good at them, which makes me happy, since I was rather sick of them!


Here is the finished product…they lace both front and back, so they are a bit more adjustable for sizing.

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Here is a bedjacket, half cut out. I pieced some of the smaller ones, so we can keep the same fabric in the tavern for as many seasons as possible.


I also worked on a corset…


A bustle petticoat…

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And a bustle! Here are the ruffles being attached…



And the back…




And front!


Here is an update on the Katrina dress! The jewelry came in (yay:), and I’m finally putting on the trim!


Here is a closeup of the trim…tomorrow its tacking the pearls on and decorating the stomacher!


So little time…

The last couple of weeks have passed in a bit of a blur. My sister got married (not the one that works in the shop with me, but our middle sister). We’ve been continuing to move. And up at the farm we’ve been getting ready for the fall apple picking season, which brings the 8 busiest Saturdays we get all year. We have been re-vamping the tavern servers costumes a little bit, and making caps, and all the miscellaneous stuff that happens to keep the farm in costume! This first bit is a pair of breeches for one of our faithful musicians in the tavern. His last pair had lasted about 15 years, but they were getting quite ragged, and his poor wife couldn’t mend them anymore! She wanted an exact copy of his previous breeches, which still fit quite well, despite the years passed. After a bit of finagling and measuring and tracing, I got a pattern that I felt was quite similar to the original. Here is the copy:

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Here is the original:

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He was happy with them which means I am happy with them!

I had a lady I was costuming fit into a gown that I had made my mother many years ago (before I knew what I know now!). I was excited that I found someone to wear it (my mother had given it back when she moved, because she had yet to find a reason to wear it!), but the petticoat was a sad affair. I love the material, but I put it on a drawstring, which I have since learned is a bad idea! I took out the casing, mended the button hole and the few rips I put in it taking it out, and put it on a waistband. Ta Da! A nice new petticoat that will now lie nice and smooth for her, and not add extra bulk at the waist.


Here is a picture of our workshop, which is full of bags for our tavern girls clothing, and our parking lot and orchard patrol shirts. All of the Saturday only employees leave their costumes on site, as it makes it easier to get them back at the end of the season. So….for the next two months we get to trip over everyone’s bags of goodies! We will someday find a solution, but for now, we just work around it.


Later this week I will post some more pictures of what we have been working on, including some caps, and all of the bedjackets that we made for the tavern servers. We have one male server this year, and his waistcoat and work cap match the ladies bedjackets, which we love (but I don’t think he does;)! On the agenda for this week: at least two 1880’s dresses and 2 corsets. For me anyway…I haven’t yet decided what Abi’s projects will be, but she is very faithful about working on the projects listed on the board, and she is getting close to knocking out our goal of 30 new caps for this season!