We examine a lot of original garments, studying them to determine the sorts of fabrics that were used as well as working out period construction techniques. This day dress is from circa 1879-1880 and was machine stitched and hand finished with only one soutache side detail.
I even did a burn test on some of the threads and determined that it was wool. 😎
This is another video that was too big to put on Etsy so here it is…
This is Fashion: A History from the 18th to 20th Centuries by the Kyoto Costume Institute (various authors) which covers a 200-year period. Drawing upon the the Kyoto Costume Institute collection, this one-volume work gives a broad overview and while it’s admittedly very small (around 5″ x 7″), it’s very comprehensive and easy to handle. It’s the perfect size for quick reference and handy to have in the sewing room. Check it out at our Etsy store: