Uni Sewing Projects and Etsy

So I’ve already done a post about my design projects from my 1st year, now it’s time for some of my sewing projects. Among others we made a timed sample of a ‘man’s period shirt’.1

It is now available from my Etsy shop BelphoebeDesigns, under the name Period Shirt/Smock. Men’s style of shirt remained fairly static through the 16th-19th Centuries. Here are some example of shirts very similar to mine.


1540 and 1750-1800 from the V&A, and early 19th century from the Met

It can also be worn by women for the Tudor/Elizabethan era. Here are two heavily decorated ones. I wouldn’t mind making one with ruffles at the cuffs and collar, and with blackwork too.


Helen Snakenborg, Marchioness of Northampton 1569 and ‘Elizabeth’ Costumes Designed by Alexandra Byrne

I have also made a corset or stays from this period. I attended a class at Morley College while I was doing my Textile Foundation there (taught incidentally by a graduate of the Wimbledon Costume Interpretation degree). It is based on the 16th and 17th century corsets in Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1500-1800 by Jean Hunnisett. It is also available from Etsy under the name Custom made Tudor/Elizabethan Corset to your measurements and specifications.IMG_0592IMG_0594 IMG_0597Here is one I made in another colour, without tabs, and with a smaller dip at the front.IMG_0243

It is similar in shape to the ‘Dorothea bodies’ from 1598.pfaltzcors

But back to 1st year at Wimbledon. We made a bumroll or roll farthingale. They were worn through the 16th to 19th centuries. It is available under the name Bumroll/Roll Farthingale.2We then made a petticoat to fit over the bumroll. Available under the name Custom 16th to 18th Century Petticoat.IMG_0608 IMG_0609 IMG_0611

It could be worn over any padding, here it is without any. IMG_0600 IMG_0606So there you have it, all my historical sewing projects. We also did some other sewing projects including a hat which I will post about in the near future.

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