1850s Summer Dresses – Inspiration

This spring I’ve been exploring the 1850-1860s summer fashion for both me and my sister (read about her outfit here, here and here).

But I wanted a differnt look, or rater a more traditional simple yet stylish look. So I once more turned to the internet (bles you Pinterest) for some inspiration for 1840 – 1860s summer dresses.

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1850s blue printed cotton fan front

So much prettyness…

But if you follow me on facebook you already knew with one I choose to me my main inspiration.

1860s (ish) bonnet – Inspiration

After finishing my 1860s blouse I needed to make myself some suitable headwear, so I started searching for pretty bonnets online.
And found lots of gorgeous ones (many way out of my skill level to re-create) in several different styles ranging 1850-1867.

Staw bonnets:
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7a42b6b21b6ade8740f6dc978540db72This is my main inspiration for my bonnet.

1850-1860s Blouse/Waist – Inspiration

This summer I will attend at least one (may be as many as three) mid 19th century events, and I’ve been molding over what to wear.

I do have two dresses (green 1840s & pasiley 1850s) from this time period since before, but non which take in to account the (presumed) heat of a nice summer day.

Then I found the perfect solution: A nice cool Garbardi blouse!
(that’s what I thought before the great Isabella of “Isabellas project diary” pointed out my mistake in this great clarifying blog post)

So now I just call it a mid century blouse (or waist)

Here are a few examples I found:

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Garibaldi BlouseRed blouse.

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Inspiring notions

While rumoring through the shelves of the sewing notion store, I had so many ideas of fabulous outfits running through my head.
It was a real challenge to hold back and separate what I needed (aka. wanted) and what I really needed.

Here are a few of the things I ‘m hoping to create using my latest findings:

The 1,5 m of black lace should be enough to make either a lace cap or a pair of lace cuffs for my planed morning ensemble.
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Lots and lots of pearl (faux) buttons, which of some will be used on my Aprils HSM item – The Lady Mary striped dress.
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The withe pleated polyester ribbon is perfect for both the collar of a regency chemisett and a since 18-19 century cap.
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10 m or so of this black pleated trim will decorate a 1885s “natural form” dress (someday…)
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I will need lots of small metal buttons for my next medieval cotehardie.
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And the bigger ones will do nicely on a militariy inspired spencer.
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I will need lots of lace to make my planed 16th century (and 17th century) outfits this year.
I mean: cuffs, collars, really big collars, chemises, dresses, glows e.ct. all need it in abundance.
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Not the most thrilling item, but for a corded petticoat you need Lots of cord.
(On second thought I may just need to revisit the store once more before it closes to get some more).
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There are no end to the things you can decorate with velvet trim.
But for now I plan to use it later in the year for the “Brown” challenge
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I love the fun you can have decorating pieces with pompom ribbons. I’m thinking regency Pelisse or Spencer for the green one, and 1850s bolero and skirt for the blue.
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And lastly, 12m of golden lace will be perfect for my planes on exploring the 17th century this year.
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What would you make if you found the perfect trim?

Ice skating – inspiration

As you might have guess, my main reason for making the fur hat was not to prance it around in my appartment – But to go ice skating in it.

The 19th century group comes togeter every january for some historical ice-skating in the capital, and I had made planes on going.
I didn’t had time to make a whole new outfit, but some accessories to spruce up an old costume was just the right amount of work for the in between christmas nights.

IMG_7628This lovely lady is hanging above my sewing machine, so of course she was my main inspiration for a winter skating look.

But here are som other great ice skating pics.

(c) Government Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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Outdoor ice skating in the 19th century.

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19th-Century Print of Skaters in Central Park