Tag Archive | Victorian costume

The Blouse Who Wouldn’t Grow Up


What could be more charming than a blouse with a Peter Pan collar?  I recently finished one, and marvel at the fashion’s longevity over hundreds of years.  This one I was commissioned to construct will be worn as part of a Victorian costume; but it could just as easily go under a school uniform jumper, or to church on Sunday.  Even though your grandmother wore them in the 1950s, putting on a Peter Pan collar will not make you look old.  Quite the contrary; it could be the start of your best Sweet Lolita outfit.


The sleeves on this white cotton blouse have a bit of curve, to move with you when you reach forward.


Here is the pattern I drafted for the collar, in case you would like the sewing reference.



Printed Canvas Waistcoat

dandy damask vest

I have made many waistcoats for men over the years, but this was my first one with piping going all the way around.  Piping is made by sewing bias strips around a narrow cotton cord, and it provided the purple edge you see in these pictures.

back lacing on vest

The back laces up, 1830s style, for decorative adjustability.  And here you see close up, my painstaking matching of the printed pattern.

matching printed damask

lacing tabs with grommets