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Edwardian Garments with Bobbin Lace – Ep. 7 Taixtile Podcast

This episode is all about our current sewing endeavors! Specifically, it is about Edwardian garments, which we combine with partly selfmade bobbin lace. We present our completed and ongoing projects and introduce a few inspiring books.

Additionally, we are thrilled to introduce you to our guest, Émeline! She is an integral part of a historical dance organization and actively engages in numerous reenactment events.

Sit back and enjoy the episode!

Done & Delighted

Woman sitting on a bench wearing an Edwardian blouse and walking skirt.

Nany’s finished project is her 1900s blouse. She had already shown you some progress in Episode 3 of the Taixtile podcast.

This blouse is now finally finished! It features several different lace patterns on the shoulders as well as the front and arms. Most of these lace strips were handmade, using the book “101 Torchon Patterns” by Robin Lewis-Wild.

Work in Progress

A white strip of bobbin lace with geometric patterns laid out on a 1900s fashion magazine
A small strip of white bobbin lace laid out on a parcel of antique newspapers
A small strip of white bobbin lace laid out on a wooden surface

Clara is currently working on a blouse, that she introduced in Episode 3 as well.

The blouse features a yoke, that will be trimmed with selfmade bobbin lace at the collar and between the yoke and lower bodice. 
The bodice is already assembled and is only awaiting the completion of the lace strips. The wide lace for the collar is finally done (see upper photo). One lace strip for the back yoke has been completed as well (see lower photos).

In this podcast episode, Clara discusses her lace design process and how she matched the lace pieces to the sewing pattern.

From the Archives

A strip of handmade bobbin lace in a half stitch pattern laid out over two antique books
Edwardian Skirt with white lace
Lace detail
Close-up of bobbin lace variations

Clara talks again about her Edwardian petticoat. She already presented this one in Episode 2 of the Taixtile Podcast.

This time, she goes a bit more in-depth about the lacemaking process. As an inspiration, she used a lace design from the book “Wiener Spitzen” (2008) by Hartmut Lang (see upper photo).

Future Plans

Nany owns a box full of different kinds of lace. With these, she’s planning on draping another lace blouse on her dress form.

A wide lace trim and scissors are laying on a light blue cotton fabric

Clara would also like to make another blouse. In the German fashion magazine Illustrierte Frauenzeitung from 1893 she has found an illustration that she’s planning to recreate.

She will be using a light blue cotton fabric as well as an antique bobbin lace.

On the Bookshelf

Book cover of the book, "Ich kann Schneidern".
A blue book cover about Bayeux lace

Nany presents the book “Ich kann schneidern” (1909) by Ullstein & Co. It is a German sewing manual featuring all kinds of sewing and tailoring techniques typical for that era. She believes that this book is not available in English. However, these kinds of sewing manuals were very common in that period. So English books of that kind are also available today.

Clara presents the book “La dentelle de Bayeux” (1999) by Mick Fouriscot and Mylène Salvador.

Bayeux lace has quite destinctive features by using a gimp in its patterns. A gimp is a thicker thread, that is sometimes used to outline floral lace motifs and to create some more defined and structured lace patterns.

Creators of the World

A white woman wearing a white blouse and a dark-orange skirt with a butterfly-shaped belt

Photo by Marc Chaslin

Two white people wearing Belle Epoque clothing are dancing
Two white people wearing Belle Epoque clothing are dancing

Émeline is our guest of this Taixtile podcast episode. This time, we organised in interview.

She is part of Le Ballet Impérial, which is a historic dance association in Paris. They organise dance events as well as lectures and conferences while wearing historical clothing, mostly from the Second Empire up to the pre-WW1 era.

The reenactment of WW1, one seemingly wounded person is laying on a stretcher carried by three nurses

Parallelly, Émeline is a member of a WW1 reenactment group. This podcast interview takes place before one of these events, so during the interview, she shows us all her clothes that she’s going to pack for this event.

Thank you Émeline for being part of this episode, we’re very happy that you joined us!

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