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self fabric trim on 1850s skirts

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:57 pm
by Elizabeth-Madpie
Hello everyone,
I hope this board still has enough people to share opinions. I've spent a long time away from the Victorian era and it seems all the traffic has moved away from the places I used to look.
I have a silk blend satin to turn into an 1850s ballgown (or possibly early 60s but its going over a modest sized 105" circumference round hoop so I can almost pretend there's no hoop to use this skirt with a c. 1850-55 day bodice that has lost it's skirt). I have a total of 7m (7 3/4 yds according to my calculator) of fabric but fortunately it is wide, 140cm (56"). My rough calculation says I should need about 3.6 m for a plain skirt (I'm 5'10" tall so going over hoops I'm looking at 3 drops of 120cm) leaving me with 3.4m for a ballgown bodice and trim so if I work on a generous 2m for the bodice I think 1 1/2 m should actually be a good amount for trim just not enough for the tiers of ruffles so ubiquitous in fashion plates.
Do you have a favourite way to get impressive looking trim out of scraps (I'm thinking of using the contrast between two sides of the fabric the dull side of the satin is a few shades darker than the shiny side).
Thanks for your help,

Re: self fabric trim on 1850s skirts

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:50 am
by Heather
Not a lot lot of traffic on this board anymore either. I think everything has moved to FB. It's kinda sad, but oh well.

One idea would be to go with small ruffles/ruches or flat stripes set on in patterns. I know that is more of an 1860s thing, rather than 1850s, but is anyone really going to care?

I did find a few things 1850s with this type of trims. This one is early 1850s, and has the trim only in the front.
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Re: self fabric trim on 1850s skirts

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 6:14 am
by Jean
Keep in mind that a tucked petticoat & plenty of starch will hold that skirt away from your hoop, providing more width & volume.

Show us pictures, please!