Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Maude's Summer Edwardian Day Dress Part 3: The Skirt and Hat

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I used French seams to seam my skirt. This was relatively easy, though I ended up with a front panel that was far too small to go around my waist. Therefore, I did the back panel seams normally.

The rest of the skirt was fairly straightforward, however when I came to sew the lace onto the skirt, the lace was short by three inches - very, very annoying! So I sewed it in anyway, and made the skirt less full so that the lace would meet by narrowing the centre back seam. And that's the skirt finished!

Next came the hat, which I used a straw hat I bought from America a couple of years ago as a base, seeing as it was still laying around. Yay for stash busting! The flowers came from IKEA and the netting around the brim was used on the sleeves and overlay on my Maude's Summer Edwardian Day Dress. I simply glue-gunned the embellishments to the hat, as the straw was far too thick to sew through and work with normally. It's plain and a bit boring, but I think it fits in with the casual day wear and summer aesthetics.

Here it is finished! All in all, it's been a great project to work with and relatively straightforward, and it gave me confidence for future historical projects.


  1. Super pretty hat! There's nothing more summer-y on the headwear front, to my mind at least, than a classic straw chapeau.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I agree completely!