I found this straggler in my inbox. Patent 1921, McCall dress. Thanks to everyone who has ever sent in submissions!!
texmarie asked: I work in the Smithsonian's costume library, and I'm sad to report that the magazine doesn't have sewing patterns like the ones you've been posting. They're like fashion plates with enlargements of border designs/ embroidery motifs. However, their pre-1900 Godey's and Harper's still have some of the fold-out tissue patterns in them if someone in the area wants to make a research appointment to scan them.
WOW, someone from the Smithsonian!! Thanks for taking the time out to let me/us know!! I was vaguely worried that it might’ve been *only* cloth/embroidery patterns but I held out *some* hope. Thanks so much for helping check that one off the list. :)
Gahh, I really wish I was in the DC area to do something like that….however, if it’s alright, I’ll publish this so others, if they desire, might take advantage of that if they can! :D
Thanks so much again!!!
So, I was searching through periodicals listings and ran across one entitled, “The Lady’s Magazine" that began running in 1770 until 1837 and every issue contained some sort of pattern, including dresses!
One problem: So far I’ve only found issues on Google Books and none of the patterns were scanned.
I know, it doesn’t make any sense to me, either.
So, I’ve decided to make this a call to arms- let’s expand our horizons! Not only would securing the patterns from this magazine mean authentic 1700s attire but it would also mean authentic Regency attire as well!
Shall we start scouring the web for complete issues of this title? If you’re still in university, does your school have a periodicals collection? Think they might have a few issues of “The Lady’s Magazine” locked away or on microfilm somewhere? (don’t be afraid of the microfilm lab, by the way- the microfilm lab is way too much fun)
Let’s give it a go! And as always, submissions of genuine period patterns published in the year they were intended are always welcome regardless of decade so long as they are pre-1929.
EDIT: Some patterns in this magazine may be just that- actual fabric patterns. Still, I think it’s worth investigating, don’t you? Let’s see how far back we can go with authentic dressmaking patterns!! :D
It’s all cleaned up now, though! (Sorry again)
This also concludes our halloween costume challenge! Auris-cosplay will get something snazzy from Ise Grand Shrine in Japan! (or something equally interesting and unique)
Thanks for your participation and please look for a message from me within the next 24 hours.
Thanks, and be safe tonight, guys!!
An illustration of Queen Victoria taking part in Halloween celebrations at Balmoral, her residence in Scotland, and another illustration of the festivities that took place on the estate. Queen Victoria particularly enjoyed the traditions of Halloween and wrote about the occasion in her diary on October 31st 1867:
'We had an opportunity of again seeing the celebration of Halloween, and even of taking part in it. We had been driving, but we hurried back to be in time for the celebration. Close to Donald Stewart's house we were met by two gillies [a Scots term for a man or boy who assisted on hunting expeditions] bearing torches. Louise [Victoria's fourth daughter] got out and took one, walking by the side of the carriage, and looking like one of the witches in Macbeth. As we approached Balmoral, the keepers and their wives and children, the gillies and other people met us, all with torches; Brown [John Brown, the Queen’s personal servant and companion] also carrying one. We got out at the house, where Leopold [Victoria’s fourth son] joined us, and a torch was given to him. We walked around the whole house, preceded by Ross [Pipe Major William Ross, the Queen’s Piper] playing the pipes, going down the steps of the terrace. Louise and Leopold went first, then came Janie Ely [Lady of the Bedchamber] and I, followed by every one carrying torches, which had a very pretty effect. After this a bonfire was made of all the torches, close to the house, and they danced reels whilst Ross played the pipes.’
Victorian Halloween Costumes • Rose garden • Gardener • Witch • Rosalind • Poppy Wastepaper Basket • Messire Soleil • Folly • Mademoiselle Porte-Bonheur.
Happy All Hallowed’s Eve, guys!!
My progress for the real historical pattern halloween project. I am further ahead already but I didn’t have time to do a new picture yet ~__~
see more about the costume on my blog “Silver Afternoon”. (After my long shopping post…)
Curve your center back seam and/or push the Blade of the back armscye out. You can use a combination of both to solve this problem. Good luck! and btw ask me any question any time I will probably have an answer at least for construction ?’s
Hello!! Thanks so much again for your great help and advice!! I will definitely take you up on your offer as well- would you mind sending me a message detailing what you mean? Thanks again!!
In other news, today will be better fitting the mock-up to get it just right, hopefully cutting the design into it as well, and then cutting the main fabric once it’s all worked out. Hopefully I can be sewing in earnest by tomorrow, get all the finishing done on it by midday friday so I can then start on the sleeves, and the have the sleeves and everything done by saturday for the party I can’t back out of now, hahaha. It won’t be totally trimmed, but that’s fine- I’ll get to wear it actually on halloween as well, so I’ll have sunday to go out and get that trimming, too. Aghhhhhh no sleeping!!!