Natural Form 1877-1882

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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 is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. It may be worn with an overskirt or polonaise, or trimmed heavily and worn alone with a cuirass bodice. The skirt is slim in front and is tied on the inside in back, to wrap around the body leaving the center back fullness free. It has the traditional 5 gores and a full back width. The closure is in the left side-back seam. An optional 12" ruffle can be added to the hem of the skirt. This skirt works best if worn with Petticoat TV121.

    Trimming can make this a very elaborate skirt for a ball gown. Left plain, it makes a great walking skirt. Wear it with different overskirts to get different looks.

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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 skirt is drafted based on an actual garment as seen in Harper's Bazaar magazine. The front hangs in low swags, and is held into the tie-back position with tapes. The back is left to hang in low swags. The closure is in the left side back seam. If desired, this skirt can be also be sewn into the side seams of underskirt TV221 to create a single double layered skirt.

    This skirt is suitable for just about everything during the period of 1878-1883. It can be left plain for day wear, or elaborately trimmed for evening. This pattern works best with a crisp, less drapey fabric.

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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.

    This bodice is high necked for day wear or can be cut into a low square neck for evening events. The front can be either straight across or rounded in front and back. This style is particularly suited to 1878 - 1882. The fitted sleeve is in 2 pieces, and can be made either full- or 3/4-length. The ball gown sleeve is a small pouf.

    The bodice is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. Each size is hand drawn, not scaled, with all of the bodice seams are 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 or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.

    This style is particularly suited to 1878 - 1882, and is perfect for dinner and evening events. The neckline is high at the neck in back and cut in a low diamond in front. A small half collar is optional. The bodice is cuirass length in front and has a longer square "tail" in back. The fitted sleeve is in 2 pieces, and can be made either full- or 3/4-length.

    The bodice is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. 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 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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