Friday, March 4, 2011


1890's wrapper






1890 wrapper back view
I finished this wrapper some time ago now. I came across these photos and had to share them with you. I made this and others for Woodside Historical site in Kitchener, Ontario. They are the typical kind of "house dress" worn in the 1890's. Think of this as the yoga pants and t-shirt of the era! The wrapper has no boning and would have been worn by a woman when dressing or attending to daily tasks before donning the more formal attire of the day. She certainly would not have appeared in public in this!
The wrapper is made of a cotton print. Paisley was very popular at that time. It is fully lined in cotton sateen and fitted with darts at the front and shaped seams at the back. The lining is form fitting, allowing the back draping to be controlled.There is a short train and lace at the cuffs and yokes. the ribbon sash completes the look.

I've been creating historic clothing for Woodside and other Parks sites for more than 25 years now. That's a lot of clothes!

2 comments:

Shepherdess said...

Amazing all the detail and lace and you don't want to be seen in it.

Edwina Sutherland said...

It's all in the details, as they say! Whoever "they" are!