Historical inaccuracies

In which she attempts to pass off Elizabethan undergarments as Georgian.  And uses a sewing machine, while she's at it.

Both patterns are from the Elizabethan Costume webpage, which is an excellent resource for all things Tudor or Elizabethan.  I used the smock pattern generator and the custom corset pattern generator for the Lady Gaga/Marie Antoinette inspired outfit for the fundraiser fashion show, which is in a week.

I made the smock rather short -- it only comes down to my model's mid-thigh -- and I haven't hemmed it yet.  The smock pattern generator was extremely useful and I cut out and sewed it the pieces together in just a few hours.  It was the first time I've ever done anything pieced like this, with gores and gussets, and so I was worried that I would have a lot of trouble putting it together.  Fortunately, the instructions were very clear and made the construction quick and easy.  My only troubles came with the choice of fabric -- it's very flimsy and sheer and difficult to cut straight.

The stays were extremely fun to make, though they still need to be grommeted.  The pattern generator and instructions were very clear and easy to follow.  To make them look more 18th century, I added a few inches in at the top at the front and back and exaggerated the curve at the bottom in the front.  I'm hoping that the wrinkling will disappear when my model tries it on, but I'm not too worried about it.


  1. There is no shame in using a sewing machine.

    The stays look nice, I've never hears of a pattern generator for stays. I look forward to seeing them on a person.


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