I have started the trimmings on my Sophie jacket. All i going to be sewn on by hand. This is gonna take some time, and my fingers are killing me right now.
Late as always! And full of bad excuses like exams and planning exchange (This will be on another post).
This post is a about my entrance for the Historical Sewing Fortnightly #6: Fairytales. I live in Denmark, and was born and raised in Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace – Odense. So what would fit more than one of his fairytales? I have chosen the fairytale The Emperor’s New Clothes. Mostly because I love it, and have read it several times as a kid and an adult.
The Emperor is a man who only thinks about clothes. One day two new tailors arrives and makes the Emperor believe that what he can not see is the most fantastic clothes in the world. In the end the Emperor takes on this new set clothes and walks through the city. Here is how it ended:
Source: Vilhelm Pedersen
“… So off went the Emperor in procession under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, “Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new clothes! Don’t they fit him to perfection? And see his long train!” Nobody would confess that he couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No costume the Emperor had worn before was ever such a complete success.
“But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little child said.
“Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?” said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, “He hasn’t anything on. A child says he hasn’t anything on.”
“But he hasn’t got anything on!” the whole town cried out at last.
The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.” – The END
The ending of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. To read the whole fairtale use this link: The Emperor’s New Clothes
What is it? Victorian Chemise
The Challenge: HSF#6 – Fairytale
Fabric: 100 % pure cotton
Pattern: Laughing Moons #100
Year: 1840 – 1900
Notions: The sides is sewn with french seams. Mainly machine sewn.
How historically accurate is it? I have tried only to use fabric and techniques used in the period. But I might have overlooked something. About 90 %
Hours to complete: 5 hours
First worn: For the photo shoot. Is going to wear it for a late Victorian (1899) event.
Total cost: Lace is ordered from England (about 15 $) and Fabric is bought in Denmark (10 $). 25 $
The Challenge: HSF#2/2014 – Innovations
Fabric: Pure white Cotton
Pattern: TV108 – Grand Bustle
Notions: Plastic covered boning
How historically accurate is it? As far as methode it is very accurate. Didn’t serge the ends mechanically and finished all the details in hand. Such a ruffles .. Oh them ruffles!
Hours to complete: Approximately 12 hours
First worn: Today. Do not know for what Event I will wear this yet.
Total cost: Stash and 30 dollars worth of cotton.
The theme for this challenge was innovations. I wanted to use minimum 2 innovations in this challenge. The first is the introduction of the sewing machine into private households. The Victorian era, with its massive expansion in industry and technology proved to be the fertile ground from which the sewing machine grew (source). The other innovation is more like a reinvention. The Bustle. This was a further development of the crinoline of the 1850’s and the farthingale from the renaissance (which has a long history I will share with you later!).
So I’ve decided it was time for a true Victorian corset. Therefore I joined an online corset-class from Historical Sewing. made by the sweet Jennifer Stukas Rosburgh.
We are using the Truly Victorian Pattern TV110.
So far I’ve made a mockup. A note to you people out there. If you want so sew a corset. Always, always, always measure twice to ensure you are using the right size. I could have spared so much time. Do support your mockup with some kind of boning, this will help you know how well it fits you!
Some pics of the progress so far! Yes I am wearing a bra underneath. This is because the bust are to big and need fitting. I’m not gonna let my girls fall!
Here is a great guide on how to build your own corset pattern. Hopefully you can use it. I will try it myself when i find the time. Enjoy!