Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Victorian Style houses and Clothing

Due to the interest in a previous post showing Victorian clothing that is made today, I have found a few more Made-to-order Victorian style dresses and matched them up with Victorian houses. The Victorian ladies clothing seems to coordinate with the houses of the period.
 

Amelia dress


These clothes are from a store called Ladies Emporium which makes Victorian style garments and accessories for men and women, for reenactments, weddings and other events.

Amelia dress - blue daisy

I have seen both the pink daisy and blue daisy fabrics at the fabric store. It would look good made up in a contemporary pattern.

Moire suit, blue

 
 
 
 
Moire suit - burgundy

Pinstripe turquoise blouse

Matching white skirt and blouse

The new Victorians are more often painted white today.
 
 
Pinstripe walking skirt and blouse.

 

 

 

Yellow Costume

I am getting ready for visitors tomorrow so I am preparing. My goal is to get that all finished and do a sketch of at-home wear for ladies who want to dress in something other than pants.

For myself, these garments could be worn at home with an apron, if the hems were a bit higher ( I do not want them to catch on things and I do not want to step on the hems) and the sleeves were elbow length. I. Cooking and cleaning and all I do at home, I cannot a have the sleeves at the wrist. Also, I personally like a more narrow skirt that is closer to the body and yet is ample enough to walk comfortably in.

 

12 comments:

Sharon said...

I like the way the dresses match the houses. I wonder if they actually tried to do that, or at least some of the ladies in that era.

I'm looking forward to your sketches. I like the way you think on the house dress. I guess that's the same reason I lean to 3/4 sleeve and narrower skirts. Though, I do like gores or A-line as opposed to pencil skirts.

Have an enjoyable visit with your "other" friends for a while. :-) We'll be waiting right here.

LadyLydia said...

in really do think clothing design adjusts to house design and even car design. Carriages certainly allowed for bigger hats. You cant get a hat in a car these days unless a cowboy hat in a truck. Even small hats get in the way of doors openings in a car. Smaller houses of the 1930s and 40s meant women would be doing their own housework and so i am sure they were not anxious to make more work for themselves by having to wash and iron a lot of dresses with a lot of fabric. The colors of the dresses are often the same as the house colors.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello,I just love the homes and the cloths of that era. I still long for them.But as you stated most my skirts are just full enough to move freely. And I also am in the process of shopping for cooler blouses that button up and have only a small sleeve.We all still think it looks a bit funny to see our cowboys around here wearing their cowboy hats in a car and yet it looks normal while in their trucks.
Blessings, Roxy

LadyLydia said...


Missuz C has left a new comment on your post "Victorian Style houses and Clothing":

That pink Victorian house is just delicious! Strawberry ice cream and bazooka bubblegum come to mind. I especially like the blue moire suit...I want a jacket in that style!

Looking forward to your sketches.

anonymous said...

I love your fancy eye candy houses and the matching outfits. So pretty.

My new granddaughter in-law recognized my long skirts and called to me in the store today. She said more women are wearing them now and the "maxies" as she called it, are coming back into style and fashion.

I've noticed more women wearing them too. They are comfortable.

Mrs. J.

Sola Scriptura said...

I also love the ladies clothing from the Victorian era. The houses are lovely too!

Rightthinker said...

Beautiful, and very inspirational!

Debbie Gnagey said...

There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is clean, nice-smelling, wearing feminine clothing and a sweet smile who loves the Lord and her husband and children. I meet them occasionally, less and less, the older I get, but when I do they are gracious and I come away refreshed, encouraged, and thankful. The Lord puts them in our path like lights on a dark night. Your website is very much like that! I have gone back to read through your past blogs and I know that I am richer because of the blessing of them in my life. God will reward you some day for all the encouragement and support you have given to this increasing dark world.

Kimberline said...

Loved this so much. I noticed the white daisy on blue material. My grandmother kept a sunbonnet from her childhood and it was almost exactly that material. It has held up well for how old it is and my own girls used to wear it outside to play "prairie girls." I should take a picture to show you. It had pockets sewn in that could be filled with cardboard to keep the bonnet stiff. Interesting how they made such things :)

Kimberline said...

sigh...wrote out a comment and lost it when I signed in. I need to remember to copy my comment to reinsert it. I'll come back and retype it tomorrow. Anyway, I enjoyed this article and the pictures very much. Thank you Lydia.

Ellie Rae said...

Oh, this is all too gorgeous for words!

Susan said...

The daisy fabric is so lovely. I would like it made up as a skirt with a white ruffled blouse. I also love the turquoise pinstriped blouse. It looks sophisticated but casual at the same time. I think the suits are very practical and I would wear a printed floral blouse underneath. I like skirts that flare out at the bottom a bit but aren't too long for around the house and if the blouse has long sleeves it has to have cuffs or I end up with them in the dish water. I have a long waist and dresses tend to tug at me so I prefer a blouse and skirt. I miss hats and wish we saw them more in the general public. I have two straw hats that I wear when I am walking or working in the garden. They are better than sunscreen. I would love to see your sketches and some ideas for shoes to wear with these outfits. I always have a hard time matching shoes. Your pictures have renewed my interest in Victorian homes. I hope your preparations for visitors went well.

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