Friday, February 15, 2013

Victorian Inspired and Thrift Shop Finds

I have been very inspired by Victorian fashions lately. I wish I could wear a full-on Victorian costume everyday, but I get enough strange looks as it is. So instead I've been looking on more subtle ways of incorporating Victorian style into my closet. I love this blouse I just finished sewing. It is a stretchy knit material but I based the style off of a Victorian pattern. Worn with a cameo necklace and vest to complete the look. (Ok the vest is a little snug... I need to cut back on chocolate haha)



Britt and I went thrift store shopping the other day and I picked up a few goodies. I am in love with the Sherlock Holmes puzzle. The puzzle itself is a puzzle so I don't know what it is going to look like. Britt spotted it and knew I would love it. I love anything Sherlock (I should clarify I love anything Sherlock based on the original stories. I get rather angry at anything not completely true to the original stories...). I also picked up some more records for my collection.

I also recently went to an antique fair and picked up this darling little book. It is from 1919.

That's All.

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  1. What marvelous finds! I especially like the 1919 dressmaking book, that is such a gem.

    Love your Victorian inspired outfit! I really need to remember to wear my (tiny) vest collection more often, particularly during these nippy months.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thanks! I love vests. They add a nice tailored look and can work well to cinch in the waist, instead of a belt.

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  2. The sleeves on that top you made, I think they're gorgeous! I need a few tiny vests myself, the whole look is so cool. Also, that dressmaker's book-- a dream! Did you know a ton of Godey's from the 1880's is on archive.org? I'm guessing yes, but if not, go to that site and search "Godey's fashion" in the box, you'll come up with all kinds of things to ooh and aah over, I love it to death!

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    1. I love the Godey's they have! They are so full of lovely images to draw inspiration from :)

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  3. Hello There, I'm 52 years old and have four daughters close to your age. : ) I love your Victorian look top! I too love that look..I also have a long locket I like to wear. My daughters like to see your pretty clothes too...they have much the same style! My latest find was a brown wool skirt on ebay, very long with pleats, very Beatrix Potter looking! : )

    Just wanted to finally stop by and tell you that you are appreciated and your blog is enjoyed by our family.

    Bless you! ~Amelia

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it :)

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  4. Love your outfit, the sleeves are gorgeous! What an interesting find with that old sewing book.

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  5. The dressmaking book is excellent.

    I too can't do Victoriana every day - I have a few bits in my wardrobe for steampunk events, but would feel off in it on an everyday basis. I guess that's how we all find 'our era', by working out what feels most comfortable to us.

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  6. I LOVE it. I want to make it for myself. I am totally willing to go Victoriana every day of my life, but I also love the idea of modern meets Victorian... like a subtle steampunk I can wear to work. (I already to go work in a bustle sometimes... :) I'm okay living left of left field, but it'd be nice to incorporate modern taste with my Victorian tastes as well.) Did you design the pattern yourself or have a pattern inspiration to start from?

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    1. Thanks :) If I recall correctly, I designed this one from scratch. I bought a couple Victorian pattern drafting books recently and would definitely do the sleeves differently now. (These sleeves were done in 2 separate pieces, but the books use one long arm piece with the puff sewn on top of the full sleeve).

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