Truly Victorian Edwardian Delicates; TV E01

2018 Family Portrait

Pattern Truly Victorian E01

Supplies For TV E01::

The fabric for the corset is a lovely faux suede curtain, (Historical Sew Fortnightly January baby!) Two sizes of gross grain ribbon (Hobby Lobby 50% off ribbon spools, love it!) cotton thread, and pearl cotton thread for flossing. 
The Pattern Cutting and er, well, Cutting again: 

I really don't like cutting expensive patterns. Expensive being, anything I didn't pay .99 cents for at JoAnns. I bought TVE01 and TVE02 from Old Time Patterns (Old Time Patterns Etsy ) for 14.00-16.00 dollars. So I used this lovely roll of tissue paper I have on hand and traced, then cut the pattern. Then I pinned and cut again. I HATE THAT. SERIOUSLY. Im a cut twice measure never kinda seamstress so this was a particular circle of Hell for me. But I did it. Cause I wanna keep this pattern as long as possible. 

Sewn together, easy, simple IF YOU KEEP EVERYTHING LABELED. The pieces are SO similar  and the curves fit together in …


For 2018 my Family Portrait is going to be Edwardian. I've already got Truly Victorian E01, A lovely straight front corset already sized and copied. I'm working on cutting out the muslin soon! I've also got Truly Victorian Edwardian Underwear and am SO looking forward to sewing those French Drawers. I've got six yards of lace just begging for some frippery.

So patterns. Just wanted to gush about those new Mccalls patterns!

Oh. Em. Gee. 
Angela Clayton, the lovely talented Artist of a Seamstress has made a pattern. Holy hell. Look at that! 

Man, the line ART!! Im super excited about this one. 
Anway, the patterns Im most interested in are those to assist in sewing menswear. My guy is a big guy, I mean BIG. So the normal Big Four patterns fall short in sizing for him. Thats ok, I can upsize to his size with very little difficulty. Edwardian fashion for men is depressingly similar to Victorian because after the foppery of the 1700s, there was little diversity in men's…

Janet Arnold's Pet en L'air

I began this garment thinking I could sprint to kinkos, grab a decent copy, cut it out and boom! Have this lovely gown that would only need minor fixing.

Ha! Hahaha. No.

First of all, it took at least an hour working with a Kinko/Fed Ex working to find what size to blow this up to. THEN they informed me it would be about 22.00. WHAT? And that was just for a portion of the grid, not even the full set itself! I declined, but did pay the few bucks for a slightly bigger version.

Then, I went to Walmart and got this grid thingy used mainly for quilts. With my roll of transfer paper and an urn of markers I counted, measured and copied my way to the pattern.

Not half bad if I do say so myself. This wasnt even as difficult or as time consuming as one would think. It was kind of enjoyable, in the way that adult coloring books and sudoku are. After getting the basics down I determined to make a mock up in a linen fabric I had and work from there. 

Miraculously, it was a decent fit. I dont know…

My Underthings, for 2017 Portrait

Family Portrait 2017; My Underwear

I was going to go all out and use the rare pattern I finally collected to make the stays, pannier, and chemise. I really was. But I sewed two stays from American Duchess' pattern and well, practice makes perfect right? I gotta say, I am so glad I did. Since I haven't tried the rare pattern yet I dont know how it sews up so anything could go wrong.

This is the pattern, I do have it but Im just not wanting to go into all that goes into creating the pattern. Maybe later.

Anyway, I use a blue on off white pattern slightly loose weave for the fashion fabric, and a thicker poly blue for the inners. Cotton bias tape for edges. When making the nieces' stays I found the thick, strong zip ties were a little too bulky? I mean, it made it quick to sew, but I had to straighten the curled zip ties and the end result is a little overbearing. So I used the slightly smaller 14'' zip ties and the end result is definitely a lot more authentic lookin…