Victorian Bustle Era

Thrifted 19th Century Men’s Sportswear

Once again I apologise for my lack of activity on here. I’m a very lazy person, but I have something victorian era related for you for you again. I wouldn’t call this a tutorial, more like a collection of ideas of how to thrift (!) essential pieces of an outfit.

The time has come to attend another LARP set in the victorian times — 1889 to be exact. My significant other texted me today that he desperately needs some male sportswear but he has no clue what to wear. But fear not, my love, I am here to save you!

I told him we could get all the things in one day and that I would stop by at my local second hand shop (Humana, Währingerstraße in Vienna) and search for some wool suit pants, that have been very popular during the 1970’s. I already had an image in mind:

  

Luckily enough, I found the perfect pair. They were only a size too big, but that was no issue — he can gain some weight and they’d still fit. The pants were long, so I knew I’d have to crop them. Soon after he joined me and we added a white shirt and a (sorta) matching wool suit jacket, the latter fit him perfectly.

Then we went to a shoe store called “Deichmann” which is very popular due to it’s rather cheap prices. I personally love Deichmann, because they often have shoes that are period inspired or at least LARP appropriate. After trying on a few shoes we found the perfect pair that reminded me a lot of men’s victorian shoes that appear in sport/hunting/cycling fashion.

As soon as we arrived home I cropped the pants and hemmed them (effort of… 15 minutes?):

  
And then we are done! 🙂 Time for the results!

   
 
Isn’t he dashing?

So here’s the list of things we bought/used and the pricing:

  • wool suit pants (thrifted) – 12€
  • wool suit jacket (thrifted) – 22€
  • white shirt (thrifted) – 6€
  • kneesocks (Calzedonia) – bought for a previous costume so… free?
  • suspenders – also bought for a previous costume
  • shoes (Deichmann) – 29,90€
  • cap (H&M) – 9,90€

~ 80€

Not the cheapest costume I have ever thrifted, given more time I could have easily reduced the expenses, but we were kinda in a hurry. We didn’t want to spend more time for searching stuff since the LARP will take place in about three weeks (and usually we get everything done a few days before and end up all stressed out!!). Of course the entire outfit isn’t very accurate, but my significant other doesn’t mind since he doesn’t want to spend too much money and time on sewing a complete accurate piece that will most likely get dirty.

Hope you enjoyed this long overdue posting!

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Victorian Bustle Era

1886 Ballgown

And here is the second part of my promised blog posts, showing you the stuff I made in the past 1-2 years. After I finished the corset I started making the ballgown. Sadly most of my photos are on my old phone which got stolen last summer, but I still have a few left.

First, I started off with the underskirt, again a Truly Victorian Pattern (I think it’s the 1885 Underskirts), made of silver duchesse satin and some heavily embroidered netting overlay.

I then made a butterfly train (again TV) from dark blue duchesse satin in an entire evening.

Train not yet attached to the bodice.

And at last I made the bodice. The pattern I used was from an original which I had found in a book, sadly I no longer know which one it was. The bodice too is made from dark blue duchesse satin and black chiffon, and I left it unboned because I was running out of time. The overall product looks like this:

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Victorian Bustle Era

Victorian Corset (1880s)

First of all, I am sooooo sorry for not updating this blog in such a long time. I’m really lazy
busy with university and other projects, so I never really feel like sitting down and writing something here. Besides, I’m super ashamed for posting low-quality pictures here. I feel like my costumes deserve better attention. ._.

I’ve decided to post a bit of my work from the past 1 1/2 years to make it up to you. Starting off with my victorian corset:

I used Truly Victorian’s 1880 Late Victorian Corset, made of 6 panels, which make a *gorgeous* silhoutte. The print on the cover of the pattern down not make up for it.

Things I used:

  • 1m white corset coutil
  • 5mm spiral steel
  • spiral steel caps
  • grommets
  • corset busk
  • 6m of white corset string
  • white bias tape

After cutting everything, I started of with the two front pieces and sewed outer material and lining (both the same coutil fabric) together and marked where I needed the holes to fit in the busk pieces. One I fiddled them in, I sewed them inside, which looks like this:

I then sewed all other panel pieces together and pressed the seams open.

I then stiched outer material and lining together by sewing the tunnels for the boneing and finished it of with bias tape at the top, leaving the bottom untouched, so I can still fit in the spiral steel.

After pushing the spiral steel into the tunnels with chopsticks, I stiched the bottom shut and finished it with bias tape too. I then inserted the grommets at the back and laced in the corset string. Voilà! As simple as that. And this is the result:

I hope you like it.

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Picking a Design is always the hardest

After finally finding the time to start my new blog, which has existed for many months already *ashamed*, my first thought was “yay, I can finally post something!”. Nuh-uh. The perfectionist that I am, I have wasted countless hours on deciding what Theme I should use for the design of my blog. You see, a long time ago, I was a frequent photoshop user and HTML programmer, so designing sites was my passion and I often used my talent to make my sites look pretty. Nevertheless as time passed I became a lazy bum and stopped using HTML altogether and wasn’t too keen on building up any new sites either. Now that I’m running a blog, I feel like kicking my past me since HTML knowledge could become quite handy here. Ah well…

Anyways, I would like to dedicate this blog to my sewing projects and I will start off with a comission for a lovely friend of mine. We’re both attending a LARP (Live Action Roleplay, in case you don’t know) which is set in the Victorian Age, 1889 to be exact. Historical accuracy is of course very welcome, but since not all of us can afford that, we’ve all been figuring out how to cheat a “Victorian look” with modern day clothes and accessories or other cheap costumes. To my friend’s fortune though, I agreed upon creating a dress for her, a 1873 polonaise. It’s not very accurate for 1889, but we really doubt that anyone is going to notice much.

We’ve completely left out making all the undergarments, since she’ll be using a modern corset and a bumroll from her old rokoko gown so I could immediately start sewing the important parts of the gown. I decided to begin with the skirt, using Truly Victorian‘s 1869 Grand Parlor Skirt pattern, which is just fabulous (as all of TV’s patterns). The great thing about this skirt is that my friend will also be able to use if for her ball gown since it has a demi-train in the back.  Oh, and there is an optional pocket for the skirt, so you can even take your phone with you!

We decided upon using 5 metres black silk taffeta, which was NOT cheap, and decorating it with ruffles at the bottom. I have already started cutting the fabric, but haven’t assembled the pieces yet, I got sick in the meantime. I hope I can take a few pictures during the process which I will be posting online, hopefully very soon.

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