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The Back Width measure is the second-most important measurement with Truly Victorian patterns. It is a rather hard measure to take, more guessed at than decidedly placed.   But once you get an idea of where to measure to and from, it really isn't that…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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Most length measurements start somewhere but usually end at the waistline.  Which means that knowing exactly where your waistline is, is absolutely critical.    Before you start, take a ribbon or string and tie it around your waist, at the narrowest…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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Ok, so you have decided to start a new sewing project. You have chosen your patterns, and are looking at them trying to figure out where/how to begin. Yay! Congratulations, for getting past the wishful thinking/design stage! The very first thing you…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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The one thing I really love about the 1903 Edwardian Blouse pattern is that the originals were so often make out of battenburg lace.  I am not able to make my own lace, so I went on a search for some battenberg yardage.  I found bits and pieces, but…

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I would like to talk about a couple issues that have popped up with the 1903 Trumpet Skirt - TVE21 skirt pattern.    One which is entirely my fault, and the other is one which I have seen pop up a few times when alterations to this pattern go wrong.…

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I have been busy creating new patterns for the late 1880's, and the one thing that stands out as unique about this time period is the Burnous Pleat. Just about every skirt from 1887 - 1888 has some kind of drape created by this form of pleat. Something…

Last edit by on June 10th, 2018

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WOW! August just flew past! This past weekend, I finally got an actual start on my dress. Still needed lining fabrics, so I went to JoAnn and picked up some. I usually use whatever works best from the Quilting Solids section, with 100% cotton and medium…

Last edit by on September 1st, 2018

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There are two measurements that are used for fitting a sleeve;  circumference of the armhole, and the length of the arm. As many people are built a little differently from left side to right side, I highly recommend that you measure both sides. These…

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This was a good week for sewing, and I got quite a bit done. This year at Costume College, there was a vendor selling nice ribbon for cheep. My sister purchased 6 rolls for me, in light blue. It wasn't close enough to the right color for on top of the…

Last edit by on September 6th, 2018

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Last edit by on August 4th, 2018

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Lately, I have gotten a lot of interest in this particular bodice.   So I have decided to start off my Sewing Tips series with details and images of how achieve this fairly easy effect from any basic vest pattern.  This bodice specifically was made from…

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I have a friend who recently purchased a serger.  She wasn't really sure what to do with it.  So Tonya, this one is for you! Flat lining with a serger, the comprehensive photo guide, step by step. 1- Of course the very first step is to cut out your…

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[image:56] I was looking through my copy of the 1863 La Mode Illustre, when I ran across this beautiful chemisette.  It is made with a lace and insertion section at the neckline which would fill in a half-high neckline.  I do not read French, so I am…

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First, let me say that this pattern is one of the best corset pattern available today. I love this pattern and can fit any size and shape with relative ease. However, is does have a few quirks and can require a few tweaks to get the most benefit out of…

Last edit by on August 4th, 2018

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I'm getting married! To my soul mate, finally, after failing to figure it out about 30 years ago. But better late than never. And so now I need a wedding dress. I love things Victorian, and with the last name of McNaughton, Scotland and clan history is…

Last edit by on June 27th, 2018

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Catherine, definitely take your measurement with your corset on. It should create a definite waistline where you can measure from. For modern wear. I have the same issue. My waist is just above the roll created by years of garments too low and too tight…

Published by Member on July 8th, 2018

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Thank you for sharing this beautiful and expert journey for your dress of a lifetime. Absolutely beautiful, elegant and I love the color. I did not expect any less from you. Of course the most important is why you are making this outstanding gown - Best…

Published by Marie-Jo Dulade-Coclet Visitor on September 9th, 2018

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Wow! So excited to be able to follow the process from start to finish.Am looking forward to learning all kinds of great tips from the mistress of Victorian!

Published by Nancy Smith Visitor on June 27th, 2018

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Hi Heather thank you for a most useful blog post - I am about to start work on my next project and this information will help me get a better fit. I do have a question though. In non-historical clothing my waist is quite low, down near the hips. Where…

Published by Catherine Leeson Visitor on July 8th, 2018

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Heather, lordy lady you're an incredible seamstress !!! The piece is looking absolutely georgeous.....please email me a picture of the finished outfit. I live in a 300 year old house that has been passed down thru the family, mother to daughter since it…

Published by Robin Elliott Visitor on June 10th, 2018