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Corsets with fan lacing; also known as camp corsets were made so that it was possible for women to put on their corsets without the help of a maid.

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Mantua

Mantua, England,1735-1740 (made) Brocaded silk, hand-sewn with spun silk and spun threads, lined with linen, brown paper lining for cuffs, brass, canvas & pleated silk. One of the mantua’s characteristics was a long train, sewn as a flat piece of silk & arranged with each wearing. The train was folded up, then folded in & draped over a loop of thread on either side of the waist. Pinning up & draping a train successfully was an art & required the help of maids to achieve the perfect effect.

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from Eye On Life Magazine

Reblogging The Hats of Downton Abbey

Reblogging The Hats of Downton Abbey — A Hat for all Seasons

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Quilted petticoat

1740-1750 (made); Victoria and Albert Museum. The jacket is remade from an older piece of silk fabric.

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Wedding dress

This wedding dress was made and worn by bride Harriet Joyce, Britain 1899. As an extremely practical option for brides with limited means this outfit could be worn as best dress with only small alterations to create a fashionable silhouette after the ceremony.

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Quilted petticoat

Jacket and quilted petticoat, silk with wool lining to skirt, 1740-1750 with jacket remade from 17th century garment, Great Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Wedding dress

Wedding Dress, Harriett Sams (née Joyce), London, England: early 1899 (made), 8 June 1899 (worn), ribbed silk, satin, machine lace, braid. "This crisply tailored purple silk dress was made and worn by Harriett Joyce for her marriage to Percy Raven Sams at St Andrew's Church, Earlsfield, Middlesex. Harriett worked as a lady's maid, while Percy worked for the London Water Board. Harriett chose to wear purple, as at 35, she considered herself too old for a traditional white gown. However…

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from Remodelista

5 Quick Fixes: The Efficient Utility Room

Sheila Made Clothes Airer keeps showing up in photos of utility rooms that I like, and it would sure be useful! Must KO - have plans in a book by Terence Conran.

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