Friday, March 26, 2010

1890s Inspiration Part 1

I know some people really do not like the styles of the 1890s, but after walking some episodes of "Lark Rise to Candleford" a couple months ago, I have been quite hooked on the decade. I am thinking about posting, now and then, some pictures of 1890s styles that I might like to copy for myself or for doll clothes.

Here is a walking outfit that I read about on the Victoria and Albert Museum website.

Sorry the pictures are blurry.(I don't think I would have the back of the skirt to be quite so full.)
This dress is, to quote the website, "Linen, with collar and cuffs embroidered with silk cord, elastic stays attached to the inside of the skirt to control the fullness, hand and machine sewn."

I could possibly make my Beatrix jacket look a little like the jacket on this outfit, if I do some alterations (like make the sleeves puffed ;-) ) and copy the trim. It is the same color, nearly, as the Beatrix skirt that I made (only that was twill, not linen, but hey! It's the look I'd be going for, not an identical reproduction!)

Do you like, dislike, or not care about 1890s styles?

P.S. How do you like the new header on the blog?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like the 1890's styles - a bit tailored but still ladylike. I also like your new header. Where did you find that picture?

Maggie S

Jane said...

The only thing I don't like about this style are the huge puffed sleeves! Everything else from that era is great, and a small puff is fine. It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. : )

~Jane~

Elinor Dashwood said...

Maggie,
I got the picture from erasofelegance.com (Under Entertainment- Movies- Regency- Sense and Sensibility.)

Lizzy said...

I like it! The only thing I don't like is the huge puff at the back of the skirt. Love your new heading!

Gabrielle Renee said...

I LOVE the new header!!

Ana said...

I love the new header too. It's one of my favorite movies as well! :) Can't help but love it.

SinginginHisName said...

I abosolutely adore the new header and I adore the dress! what else can I say?! Well I would sew this outfit in a chocolate brown instead of the tan! But other than that I love it!

Marian said...

That is a really cute outfit! Especially the jacket; though I'd like it better if the sleeves were a little smaller. ;) Years ago when I read the Sherlock Holmes series, I really loved the 1890's styles--I'm not quite as much of a fan now as I was then, but I do like how they incorporate jackets but, as Maggie said, still kept the outfit looking ladylike.