Beginner Embroidery: Whitework Edition
I was inspired to a second attempt at whitework embroidery by Eva’s amazing broderie anglaise petticoat project — quite lovely, and ambitious! I had a first attempt at whitework about a year ago, but the less said about that, the better… Suffice to say, I found that simply attempting to copy stitches without reading in detail how they were made was not enough to create an...
New Project: The Pevensie Dress!
My friend Martha, who is a noted fashion stylist and tastemaker, came across a beautiful vintage Edwardian dress on etsy, and was kind enough to point it out to me. After looking at my Janet Arnold and Nora Waugh books for reference, I would say it dates from 1903 or so, with full bishop sleeves, a pigeon-breasted front, and the classic Edwardian skirt. The shoulder seam is dropped, and the top...
Black Silk and Good Company
Finally, here are some decent shots of the black dress in action! Below, I am presenting a lecture/demonstration on gaiters at the first-ever New York Nineteenth Century Society’s Handwork and Hand-Sewing Circle: The Handwork Circle was a lot of fun. It was great meeting other NY-area folks with an interest in Victorian needlework. Plenty of different projects were being worked on by...