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Victorian (general)

LondonLadiesSquareThe Victorian era spans a long period of rapid change and progress during the 19th century. We've broken our Victorian articles down into smaller sub-categories according to all the different styles of the period, but some of our articles are appropriate to more than one decade, or even to the Victorian era in general. You'll find those below.

Don't forget, also, that we've sometimes found it difficult to place an article in a specific era. Do browse other categories either side of the one you're interested in - you never know what useful treasures you might find!

Victorian Underwear Myths

squarepicNot every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

squarepicThe most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

squarepicNikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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How To Make A Worth Gown 1

Maria Hendrika of Belgium, 1865, probably wearing WorthExploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

iconA little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

squarepicNow that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

Bustles, Bustles and More Bustles by Christina DeAngeloWhat's not to love about a bustle gown? Christina puts aside the lobster tail, makes some different bustles and compares the effects.

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Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To by Christina DeAngeloThe lobster tail bustle is a classic for a reason. Here, Christina shows us how to put some junk in that trunk (includes free pattern).  

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Swiss Waist, Part 3

iconNow that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.

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Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern by Nikki SwiftNikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses by Lynn McMastersThe world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Patterning a purse by Lynn McM.Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own. 

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