|c.1830 Victoria & Albert Museum|
I was drawn to this pair from the start; I liked the simple shape, and knew that it would be fairly straight forward to reproduce.
I ended up using a lovely and thick Irish linen, which is an ivory colour. As well as the thick fabric helping to hold them up, the wool that I have used to stuff them is cream, and the colour of that would show through a lighter fabric, so it worked well.
The only really tricky thing was deciding where those ties should go. Looking at the image from the V&A, it seems that there are 4 ties on each; one at each corner. So I stitched these on once the whole sleeve support was complete, again I can just about make this out from the image. I then started wondering how they attached, and to what.
As I was thinking this, I remembered that I had seen a sketch of exactly that in one of my books- 'Underwear Fashion in Detail' By Eleri Lynn through Victoria and Albert Publishing, which is below:
Accompanying the drawing is the following text:
''These sleeve pads were held in place with tapes...that were tacked onto the corset''
Right, mystery solved! I think that I will tack the ties onto the stays, but not tie them centre front and back as shown here, as I don't want it to look bulky around the bodice area, but I'll work that one out later.
|My sleeve supports|
Now I just need to make myself a pair of pantalettes, and all my late 1820s underpinnings are done! I shan't blog about those, because they are not wonderfully exciting, and are on my shop for those who want to have a look at a pair.
Right, back to my ideas for the 1820s dress- just how do I want the bodice to look?!