The majority of fabrics that we use are of natural fibers: cotton, silk, linen, and wool and sometimes we do burn testing to check particular fabrics, especially ones that we’ve obtained from new sources. Here’s the aftermath of one such successful test on an exceptionally interesting silk that we found in Paris:
And here’s a close-up of the fabric…
We’ll be making something interesting from this fabric so stay tuned… 🙂
Lately we’ve been working on 1880s and 90s outerwear and here’s one of the latest projects under development, an 1894 cape based on a pattern that we developed from several originals. This is just a fit sample and we’ll be offering this in a variety of fabrics, trims, and collar shapes.
I‘m resting from ruffling this week, because Adam needs some new suits. Cashmere wools from London, silk and wool blends from LA, luscious linings, and some foulard silks for neckwear. Restraint is harder than it sounds, because I instinctively want to put bows on everything!
It’s now 2020 and what’s in store? Well, for starters, we’ll be pushing forward with the Day Lilies collection- we’ve been put a bit behind due to circumstances beyond our control but hopefully that’s been resolved. We will also be offering some outerwear- primarily mantles, visites, and cloaks so stay tuned for details on that. And, we’ve got a couple of trips to the UK planned followed by a journey to Austria later in the year. It’s been an exciting 2019 and now we’re ready to charge into 2020. 🙂
Tea Gowns were popular for wear at home, increasing in popularity during the 1880s and 1890s. The tea gown was a simple loose-fitting garment that was essentially an elaborate dressing gown/wrapper and as such was meant to be worn at home in the company of immediate family and close friends and especially if one was dining or taking tea. The tea gown was meant to be worn without a corset (although some women wore them anyway) and was never worn outside the house. One interesting variation on the tea gown design can be found with these two Classical Grecian-inspired designs that were offered for sale as patterns in the November 1891 issue of the Canadian edition of The Delineator:
Both of the above gowns were princess-cut and shaped by a combination of darts and gores. From the above illustrations, both garments were structured yet gave the illusion that the wearer was wearing a chiton. The loose sleeves go a long way towards enhancing this illusion. Of course, wearing an actual chiton would have been considered to be way too extreme for the time… 😉
We don’t know just how popular these patterns were but at a minimum, they would have been perfect for a fancy dress ball or the like. 🙂 It’s fascinating to see how Victorians interpreted prior periods in their dress and the above is just one instance of this; too bad the pattern isn’t available today. We hope you’ve enjoyed this little excursion into these tea gown variants.