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1923 Butterick evening dress

1923 Butterick evening dress

1923 Butterick evening dress Original Butterick 4558 pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library on Etsy. Stitching sleeve with crepe back satin facing Sleeve ready to embroider Attaching dress to underdress Lined skirt and bodice ready to be attached together....
1860 ca check silk dress with two bodices

1860 ca check silk dress with two bodices

1860 ca check silk dress with two bodices This victorian dress with day and evening bodices is the creation of Lone, a bridal and evening-wear dressmaker in Denmark. She very kindly donated it to our project. Hand stitched eyelets for lacing evening bodice Day and...
1921 Mode Pratique cape

1921 Mode Pratique cape

1921 Mode Pratique cape Mode Pratique magazine from December 1921 Evening cape with a fake hood. Mini pattern for the top of the cape to reproduce  Pattern ready for...
1923 cocoon coat

1923 cocoon coat

1923 cocoon coat Original Standard Pattern 4265                                         from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library on Etsy 1/2 scale version of pattern reduced by Deirdre who was very kind in sorting out several patterns from her collection for our...
1964 Rosemary’s wedding dress

1964 Rosemary’s wedding dress

1964 Rosemary’s wedding dress Rosemary Bettina Stoneman with her father Percy John Stoneman,  20th of June 1964. Rosemary recalls wanting a dress like the one worn by Princess Margaret, and after much searching and rejection, she went to a bridal shop in...
1980s green lamé evening dress

1980s green lamé evening dress

1980s green lamé evening dress 1980s green lamé evening dress reduced to half scale by Kathy Turner, senior ladies costume cutter at Glyndebourne Opera House, during the corona virus confinement. Finished dress reproduced exactly as the original model!! Well done...
1970s crochet dress

1970s crochet dress

1970s crochet dress Marie-José making granny squares to create a 1970s dress in the style she used to crochet garments for her fellow students to earn pocket money. Vintage dress sold on the internet used as...
1927 ca evening sequinned dress

1927 ca evening sequinned dress

1927 ca evening sequinned dress Creating shaped skirt Finished toile front Back of toile Jan marking the pattern pieces on vintage cotton tulle Creating sequin embroidery samples Embroidery samples Tambour embroidery  Top of dress embroidered and start of the skirt...
1920s filet lace summer dress

1920s filet lace summer dress

1920s filet lace summer dress Example of 1920s filet lace dress on cover of La Samaritaine magazine. Hand sewing bands of filet lace together. Forming the side skirt panel. Bodice part of the dress. Finished front. Side of dress. Back of summer dress. Toiling the...
Making mannequins

Making mannequins

Making mannequins Placing pattern pieces  Pattern pieces ready to be assembled Mannequin being finished after stuffing with wadding.  More mannequins for future exhibitions Chris turning a sample stand on a lathe for the...
1950’s knitted bolero

1950’s knitted bolero

1950s knitted bolero Original 1950’s knitting pattern Our friend Jen knitting the 1/2 scale version A 1950s starlet wearing the same style bolero with an evening dress Bolero at exhibition with other New Look...
1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress The wedding dress of David’s great-aunt Marjorie at the Dressing for Church exhibition in Ripe village hall. A French magazine from 1936 showing a similar neckline. Marriage certificates of Marjorie Donaldson to Henry A Warran in the...
1867 wedding dress

1867 wedding dress

1867 wedding dress 1867 fashion print Antique silk satin and embroidered tulle Lone placing the pattern for best possible use of the antique silk satin. The pattern for the bodice is from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of fashion and the skirt pattern is from a 1867...
1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown Skirt front Skirt side Fitting the bodice Inserted dust ruffle Antique jet beads for the bodice Embroidered sleeve Silk velvet knotted bow Finished bodice Finished bodice back Finished side Finished back Undergarments including bloomers, a...
1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s-bodice-skirt Half scale bodice and skirt made during the “1880s sewing techniques” course, at the Historical School of Dresswith teacher and costumier Luca Castigliolo. Photos from the course by Viviane WeiAn Chen. Half scale pattern pieces Cutting the fabric...
Ugandan costumes

Ugandan costumes

Ugandan Costumes We had these traditional Ugandan costumes made by local seamstresses while volunteering there for the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu in Uganda. They did enjoy making these small outfits as they had never seen anything like them. Mushanana This is the...
1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown Margaret and Richard Pedder on their wedding day, July the 13th Making paper pattern from original dress Toile and original dress Toile and dress back Toile being shown to Margaret Positioning the pattern pieces Marking with basting thread...
1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern 1954 McCall’s pattern 3113. Prior to 1952, patterns wore the name McCall without the S. Pattern on mannequin Preparing the toile Cutting 18 meters of lace Applying lace to bodice pieces Constructing the bodice Attaching flounces to the skirt...
1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress Original 1930s knitting pattern Irene’s knitting samples Irene checking fit on mannequin Dress 3/4 finished Finished knitted dress (without slip) Dress on display with silk and lace slip, silk cumberband, rhinestone clips on the neckline,...
1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown

1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown

1890 Mode Illustrée wedding gown Mode Illustrée pattern 21st September 1890 Silk brocade and lace Finding the dress pattern amongst the others Skirt and train pattern First toile The toile shown at an exhibition Bodice cut in brocade Sewing the bodice on the hand...
1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress Embroidery by Janet Timms Textiles used for inspiration and design Toile and design for embroidery Transfer to paper to mark on silk I’m an embroideress, always have been, and always will be. Embroidery was my very first passion. Even my...

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