Finished! 1903 Undergarments.

Finally!  This was a little more of an undertaking than I assumed when I started.  Good grief, 8 yards of muslin, who knows how much lace, hours and hours of work, and four bloodied fingers.  I had to do a lot of hand stitching and I’m not very good at it.  I get distracted a lot, what can I say.

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I really tried to capture the great silhouette this get up gives me, but since I have a very tricky set up where I actually take the photos, it’s really hard.  Basically, I tape my phone into the molding and stand on a step ladder in front of the cabinet in my bathroom.  Lighting can be tricky when you live in what is essentially a cave.

From behind and from the side, showing that classic “pigeon breast” shape.  I love wearing this corset and it was a lot of fun to make, but pairing it with the full set of underthings takes it to a whole new level.

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Again, I am so sorry about the quality.  Who knew taping an iPhone 5 to the wall wasn’t a professional grade set up?

 

the Devil himself is in those details. The lace on the top of the corset was attached by hand, the ribbon was threaded through the inset by hand, and tied with a little bow.  I got mother-of-pearl buttons for the bloomers and corset cover.  The lace inset on the chemise was, by far, my least favorite part.  I tried to make it less loathsome for myself with another bit of ribbon.  I would show you pictures of myself in just the chemise, but as it is entirely see-through, that won’t be happening anytime soon, (at least, not for free, lol)
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I was surprised that my favorite piece to make out of this set was the bloomers.  They are voluminous, to say the least.  I think I spent more time pinning them together than actually sewing through them.  That little bit with the ribbon was my addition, and unfortunately, you can’t see the lace at the hem, I couldn’t get far enough away from the camera to get the whole thing.  They do a lot to create the silhouette and they’re just fun to wear!

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Okay, maybe the whole of the corset cover was my least favorite part.  Those ruffles.  Again, the hem on each of the ruffles is so very tiny that the lace had to be attached by hand.  More lace and ribbon!

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Here is the complete set.  Corset cover, bloomers, corset, and chemise.  The bloomers and corset cover don’t actually fit me unless I’m corseted up, which made fittings tons of fun. I absolutely adore wearing them all, and I can’t wait to make an actual, seen out in public outfit to go over all these.  When I started, I hesitated to make the set so detailed and pretty.  Then I considered that I will be wearing this one set of underwear with just about every single other outfit I will go on to make from this era, so why not make them as nice as they can be?

Going forward, I would love to make a video about this set, it’s so comfy to wear!  My hope is to make the outfit of a typical, working-class woman from the 1900s, and then make a video about the amount of work she would have done and the food she would have eaten.  There’s a lot of research to do for a video like that, on top of making the skirt and shirt-waist, but I want to get that all done as soon as possible.

This will be my last post for a while, I will be traveling soon and when I get back I have some art pieces I want to get done.  Hopefully, I can drag my poor husband around some new antique stores, and I’m able to come back with some new goodies to show you!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily Kitsch says:

    Wow! These look amazing! You did such an awesome job and I’m really looking forward to the videos that you have planned and seeing your other awesome projects. 🙂 I can’t get over how beautiful the 1903 undergarments look!!

    Happy New Year!!! ❤

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    1. Thanks! My husband and I have been talking a lot about how we want to go about producing videos, I want it to look slick!

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      1. Emily Kitsch says:

        I’m sure you two will do an awesome job!! 😀

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