Bell Epoch 1890-1900

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper, or that you can have printed by a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This is a chemise and drawers combined into one garment. This style of underwear first appeared in 1876, and was very popular due the reduction in bulk at the waist of a more fitted type of undergarment. Very comfortable to wear and versatile, this underwear is indispensable for the reenactor of all periods. With 3 different necklines, this garment can be used under virtually any dress, both day and evening styles. The crotch seam is left open and is finished with facings. The legs are finished with a simple band below the knee. The center front closes with buttons.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This corset pattern is taken from an original pattern found in the May 31, 1886 issue of De Gracieuce, a Dutch magazine similar to Harpers Bazzar. It was published in several other magazines of the time as well, including La Mode Illustre and Harpers Bazzar. This pattern has been modified slightly to accommodate the different cup sizes and modern body types, but retains most of the original proportions and elegance of the original garment.

    This corset has 6 panels, a center front busk, and laces in the center back.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This pattern contains instructions for four different petticoats, suitable for the years 1870-1897. Historically accurate, these petticoats are perfect to help hold the silhouettes required for each individual era. The front is fitted with darts at the waist to help eliminate bulk. The closure is in the center back with a drawstring, for all views. The middle flounce has optional tucks to help stiffen the petticoat.

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    1870-1876 - Early bustle.
    This version is a full flounced petticoat with extra length in the back to fit over a bustle.

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    1877-1882 - Natural Form.
    This version has a slim front and does not fit over a bustle. Suitable for under Tie-Back style skirts. Also works well for 1890-1891 slim skirts.

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    1883-1889 - Late Bustle.
    This petticoat has the slim front needed for this era, plus has a full back with extra length to fit over a bustle.

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    1890-1897 - Bell Epoch.
    This skirt has the full front needed to hold the wide skirts fashionable during this period. Does not fit over a bustle.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This skirt pattern is taken from an original Metropolitan Pattern Co. pattern of 1898. It consists of 7 gores, with gathers at the center back. It is moderately full and has hem facings for added support. The closure is at the center back . This shape is suitable as a basic walking skirt from 1892-1900.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper, or that you can have printed by a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This bodice has a low round neck perfect for evening events. The waist is extended for the late 1880s-early 1890s style. The sleeves are a pouf gathered into the middle for a stylish effect. The bodice can also be left sleeveless. This closure is in the center back, either buttons or hook and eyes.

    The bodice is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the late Victorian era. Each size is hand drawn, not scaled, with all of the bodice seams true to the era. This bodice is designed to fit snugly over a corset, without a bustle.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper, that you can have printed by a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    Our Corselet is designed to be worn on the outside, similar to a wide belt, and shaped to fit snug to the body. This pattern contains two corselets, one tall and one short. Both extend below the waist a few inches and have points in front and back. They both lace at the center back. The short corset is 4" wide at the side and 8" center front and back. The tall corset is 6" wide at the sides and 9 1/2" at the front and back. Fully boned, this corselet will retain the perfect shape through extended wear. They can fit with or without a bustle.

    The corselets are perfect for wear with a blouse, to keep the trim waistline. They were very popular in the 1890's, but also are seen in the 1880's. Wear under an Eton Jacket for a very fashionable look.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper, or that you can have printed by a professional printer, like Kinkos. 

    A shirtwaist is the original name for what we would call a blouse today.  They are usually for summer wear, and are unlined and unboned and come in a vast array of styles.    They can be made of any light weight fabric.   Shirtwaists start to become popular in the early 1890s and become even more so throughout the next few decades, and are a staple for the working woman and the fashionable woman alike.   It can be worn tucked into the skirt, or over the skirt, as desired.


    For our shirtwaists, the center front is cut on the straight of grain, and is closed with buttons.   The sleeve is the Large Mutton Sleeve popular in 1893-94.   The collar is a stand-and fall that looks particularly nice with a four-in-hand tie, similar to the men's ties of the period.  The body portion is gathered to fit a waistband, with a peplum attached to the same waistband.  The peplum can be omitted, if desired, to create a Spencer Waist.  View A, has a plain front, and View B has a front yoke with gathers at the center portion of the yoke.

    For this pattern, please disregard any attempt at standard sizing.  Everyone is unique in body type and size, and we have come up with a totally different way of managing patterns.  We have included comprehensive directions on how to size and adjust this pattern for a good fit.  Although we can't fit everyone, we have tried to do some of the guess work for you.  These methods are a little different than what you may be used to, so please read them carefully, before cutting out pattern pieces.  It is strongly advisable to make a mockup of the blouse, before cutting out your fashion fabric, to check fit.rawn, not scaled. All of the bodice seams are true to the era, and it is designed to fit snugly over a corset.

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This is a semi-fitted jacket that hangs open in the front, usually worn over a blouse. It has two styles, one crop length with a rounded collar. The other, waist length with a square collar. The main body is in three pieces, Back, Side Back, and Front. The front is fitted with a single dart. The sleeve is in two pieces, fitted to well above the elbow and with a full sleeve head. Fully lined, this jacket is not boned, and can be worn with or without a corset. With the sleeve as given, this style is suitable for 1889-1893 and 1897-1899. By changing sleeves with pattern TV495, this jacket can also be perfect for 1894-1896.

    Drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the Victorian era, each size is hand drawn, not scaled, with all of the seams true to the era.

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    This pattern contains the basic patterns for parasols with 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 ribs, with ribs lengths from 9" to 26".   Also included is a pattern for a tip scrunchy that will give a nice finish to the area where the cover meets the tip of the parasol handle.

    Parasols were an integral part of life for a Victorian Era lady.   Not only were they functional in protecting a lady from the harmful rays of the sun, they were also a decorative accessory to her outdoor costume.  They could be of a serviceable plain linen, or a fancy bright silk with ruffles, or an heirloom masterpiece of lace and ribbons.  Unfortunately, most of the parasols surviving today have the fabrics in tatters.   But the good new is that the finely crafted handles and folding mechanisms are usually still in good condition, and are waiting for someone to come along and recover them, restoring them to new glory.

    Recovering an old parasol is not that difficult, and can be a lot of fun.  The first step is to find an antique parasol handle that is still in good condition, aside from the fabric cover.  The cover can be shredded or even missing, but the skeleton of the parasol should be in good working order, and the ribs straight.  (Minor bends that can easily be re-straightened are fine.)  Check your local antique stores, Ebay, and other sites that carry antiques and collectibles, and you will be amazed at what you can find.  If you are unable to find an antique handle, you can also purchase a new parasol with a suitable handle, and replace the cover to something more suiting to your taste.  Sometimes, you can also create a fancier and longer handle by adding spindles and finials to an existing handle.  

     

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    This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper, or that you can have printed by a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This elbow length cape was seen throughout the 1890's as the basic wrap of the times. It is cut in the Military style, also known as the 3/4 Cape. It can be cut with a straight or scalloped hem. The reveres at the center front are optional. The collar is the stand-with-flair style, with wires to support the shape. The lining fabric is seen at the inside collar and optional reveres.

    This pattern provides for a fully lined cape, and it can be interlined with flannel for warmth. The closure can be cloak clasps, coat hooks, or frogs, as desired.

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