Finally, an 1830’s outfit! It’s Biedermeier, baby!
For my stays I took the pattern and inspiration from Koshka the Cat’s 1820-1840’s corset project. I adapted it to my own body, and browsed around for cording patterns online to complete my own vision for these ‘corstays’. A friend of my parents made a busk for me, which I carved with a burning tool. I used American Duchess notes on fan lacing, which I can recommend. Some snapshots:
For my corded petticoat I took inspiration from many places, and came up with my own version. I started out handsewing, but after a while switched to machine. I was afraid I would never finish it! It was my first time starching clothing as well.
For my gown I used the Truly Victorian pattern TV455, which I did change a bit mainly to change the gathers on the bodice to more of a pleated bertha look. I found an antique Victorian belt buckle for my belt on Etsy. My pelerine was made following a pattern in Workwoman’s Guide. I also cross checked many of the other things I made with the information from this book. The lace is vintage, I found it in an antique shop and I am guessing it came from a petticoat. And after having worn a makeshift turban for one event, I was able to buy a pretty bonnet which I lined and decorated.
So far I have worn this outfit twice, and I really enjoyed it! The stays are reasonably comfortable with only cording and a wooden busk, and the dress is light and not long. Future improvements would include sleeve adaptations for decent daywear, and good shoes for this time period. And of course some little mistakes here and there that I’m not going to mention in detail. Note that the pictures with turban were taken by Martijn van Huffelen, and the picture with bonnet by Irina Krutasova.
That’s it for my 1830’s adventure… for now! If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.