Folkwear Patterns Now At Atelier Lily Absinthe!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now distributors for Folkwear Patterns at Atelier Lily Absinthe! Here’s just a few of our personal favorites:

This pattern has clear, concise, easy to understand directions and construction is very simple with no surprises. This pattern is size-inclusive with sizes range from small through 3XL. Although it’s aimed at the early 1900s, this style will also work for the mid to late 1890s. To order, please go to our Etsy Store.

Edwardian Underthings is one of Folkwear’s earlier patterns, first being published in 1978 (it was one of our first historical patterns at a time when there weren’t many on the market), it’s been updated with inclusive sizing ranging from extra-small to 3XL. This is another pattern with clear instructions and construction is uncomplicated. With camisole, drawers, and petticoat, this is the perfect set to construct a basic set of Edwardian Era undergarments. Also, although it’s primarily focused on the Edwardian Era, it will also work for the late 1890s. To order, please order from our Etsy Store.

And for the men, there’s the Victorian Shirt! This is a basic shirt pattern that will work for the 1870 to 1900 time frame. This pattern is sized for men’s extra-small through extra-large (men’s sizes 30 1/2 through 48). To order, please order from our Etsy Store. These are only a few of our offerings and to see them all, please go to our Etsy Store at  Atelier Lily Absinthe.

The “Ultimate” Champagne Dress 😁

Nothing says “Happy New Years” more than opening a bottle of champagne and here’s a circa 1904 costume dress from the Bath Fashion Museum that takes this idea to the next level… 😎

Costume Dress, c. 1904; Bath Fashion Museum

According to the Museum, this dress was made in around 1904 for Mrs. Ada Power and the dress and matching hat has been designed to mimic the classic Veuve Clicquot champagne bottle. The dark green velvet skirt represents the green glass of the bottle and is adorned with the signature Veuve Clicquot yellow labels which were produced in France especially for the costume. A gold metallic thread bodice is the foil ‘coiffe’, the frothy sleeves suggest bubbles and the hat is the cork.

Below are a couple of close-ups of the top and bottom:

From the above picture, it appears that a gold metallic fabric was utilized for the top part to include a looped gold-colored robe trim along the neck and shoulders.

Here’s a closer look at the skirt and although it’s difficult to tell from the picture, it’s a dark bottle green that was designed to mimic the Clicquot bottle.

Above is a close-up of the accompanying coiffe hat, no doubt meant to mimic the bottle cork/outer foil wrapper. 😁

Ms. Ada Power in the Clicquot Dress.

And the finished product!! And yes, Clicquot is still made today and it’s a definite favorite here at the Atelier!

Cheers for a happy new years!!

A 1900 Moment

Enjoying a light and floaty 1900 moment with a new antique hat.  🙂