any apologies for the lateness of this update and thank you for your patience.
Here are the latest items, which we had hoped to have ready four weeks ago.
On the pattern page we have added a couple of patterns to the neglected gentlemen's and children's sections.
|There is a delightful little boy's Russian blouse costume in the Children's pattern section. Russian blouse suits were usually low-waisted, side-fastening tunics, worn over knickerbockers - rather like a miniature Cossack's uniform. This Edwardian example is more of an informal play outfit than a formal suit and looks fun to make, if you can only get him to wear it!
In the Gentlemen's section, we now have a
draft of an Edwardian man's shirt. We hope our gentlemen,
who, until now, have been making
do with only a pair of long
drawers, will find the shirt
useful. It has a separate bib
front overlaid onto the shirt
front. This can be starched for a
formal shirt or omitted entirely.
The Heirloom Sewing article from 1911 is
now ready - Butterick's Sewing
outlines some of the techniques
of embroidery, tucks and lace
application essential for
Victorian and Edwardian clothing.
They are a handy compromise
between the age-old,
time-consuming, skills of hand
sewing and the convenient modern
machine zig-zag techniques which
are more popular today. Instead
authentic machine straight-stitch
is employed with some hand
finishing, for relatively speedy
but delicate results.
Our Work-Table has been updated with a
number of items from the
Victorian and Edwardian eras. The
knitted coat and cap are from the 19teens
and are ideal for a motoring
costume. There are also a variety
of very silly novelties in
knitting and crochet, which I
hope will afford you some
amusement. The knitted finger-stall (or bandage cover), for example, is particularly ridiculous, but we strongly recommend that you do not try to actually use it, especially with regard to the elastic band!
I hope you enjoy these latest offerings and I promise that we shall update a little sooner next time. Please continue to enjoy our pages.
Archive Editorial: July 2003
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