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Taixtile Podcast – Ep. 2: Our Victorian and Edwardian Sewing Projects from 2022

This podcast episode is all about sewing Victorian and Edwardian skirts and bodices. We present you a handful of projects, that we have sewn and finished in 2022. Some of those pieces are based on original sewing patterns from the 1890s and 1900s. We’ll talk about textile design, garment construction, and our inspiration behind those projects.

We also have our very first guest appearing on this podcast, which we’re very excited about! You’ll get to know Özge, her sewing projects, and her biggest inspirations. She’ll also show you some pieces from her personal collection of antique garments, including some pieces from the Ottoman period.


Done & Delighted

Edwardian Skirt with white lace
Details of 1900s petticoat

Clara is presenting her Edwardian petticoat, that she finished around spring 2022. The base pattern is an original 1900s skirt pattern, which then was adjusted to fit Clara’s vision. The bobbin lace on the higher part of the petticoat was made by her.

There are already two blogposts on this website about the sewing and lacemaking process.

A white petticoat and corset cover on a mannequin next to an antique sewing machine.
Detail of a hanging petticoat with a border of Armenian lace

Nany’s finished garment is also an Edwardian petticoat. She used the same sewing pattern as Clara, only with different adjustments and techniques. She added some Armenian needle lace on the hem of the skirt.

A black 1880s bustle skirt with an insertion of a white silk fabric
A black 1880s bustle skirt with an insertion of a white silk fabric

Clara is talking about her bigger project: A 1887 yacht club costume based on an original fashion plate (see below). In this podcast she’s presenting the skirt.

The pattern was taken from the book “Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s Dresses and Their Construction c.1860-1940” by Janet Arnold and adjusted to the original fashion plate. One of the biggest adjustments was the pleated insertion in the left front of the skirt, made from a cream silk fabric, that will also be part of the bodice.

A picture of Edwardian undergarments on a mannequin from behind.

Nany presents her Edwardian bumpad, that is worn under skirts to create the typical silhouette of the 1900s.

The bumpad features a jagged shape and was adorned with crocheted lace. The pattern is based on a patent from 1904.

Here’s a short clip about the creation process.

Nany’s next project is an Edwardian skirt, that she named “Bird Skirt”, as the whole fabric is covered with printed birds. It was bought on a trip to a Dutch fabric market in Kerkrade. As a pattern, she used an original pattern from “Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns”.

Close up of sewing a seam with an antique sewing machine.
Picture of a 1900s bicycle skirt hanging on a dress form
Detail of side button tape of 1900s bicycle skirt

Clara has sewn another skirt in this past year: an 1890s-1900s bicycle skirt made from a wool-blend fabric. As a sewing pattern, she used the Black Snail Pattern #0714. She used tarlatan as an interlining in some parts of the skirt.

A light blue Victorian walking Skirt with a pattern of purple roses.

Nany’s second Edwardian skirt is covered with roses and was made from only 140 x 160 cm of fabric. This is really impressive, considering how much fabric was normally used for Edwardian skirts. 
Nany is also talking about the textile design of this fabric and about her earlier work as a textile designer for bigger companies.

Work in Progress

A green Edwardian Flannel Blouse on a Mannequin.

Nany is talking about her 1900s blouse, that is based on an example from “La Mode Illustrée” of 25 October 1908. All the sewing techniques used within this blouse are taken from an extant book,  which makes this garment very close to an original blouse from that era.

Nany only needs to add some closures and decorative buttons. Other than that, this blouse is finished and only waits to be worn.

A white 1880s silk vest covered by a dark red velvet suit
A white 1880s silk vest covered by a dark red velvet suit

Clara is presenting the bodice, that is part of the 1887 costume. She’s talking about the construction of this bodice and the mistakes and detours that she took along the way. 

She’s very happy about how this costume is turning out and she can’t wait to get it done!

Creators of the World

We are very happy to present our first guest on this podcast!

Özge is a costume maker and sewist, currently specialized in the Edwardian period. In this podcast, she is talking about her sewing and needleworking journey and what inspires her the most. She is also presenting some extant garments from her own collection, ranging from clothing from the Ottoman period to the 1900s and 1930s.

Do have a look at her Instagram account if you want to see more of her work!

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