Tag Archive | Victorian costume

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



Lavender and Lace


1890’s corset, with concessions for movement: spiral stays, and a little extra room in the ribcage. This was a bespoke garment as usual, with the pattern drafted to fit her body, and several fittings to ensure the perfect shape.