As you may have heard me say, lately I've been researching Edwardian fashion for the book I am writing. This is because part of my book is set around 1915-1917 and I have to dress my characters, you know!
In the course of this research, I have come to realize that I have had a lifelong passion for the styles of this era, I just didn't know what the exact era was and what it was called.
Here's a sampling of the best stuff I've found today:
You may have noticed that these are very Titanic-esque. This is because the Titanic sank in 1914. This also gives me an excuse to plunge into some Titanic costumes/fashions -- like this gorgeous coat which I just might have to try to make someday:
Which goes over the beautiful "swim dress" as it's called because it's the dress she goes into the water in (the pink coat is called "the swim coat").
Here are a couple of replications:
This last dress (which I think looks a bit too nightgown-y) is from a webpost called "How to make a Titanic swim dress on a budget". (http://www.vintagedancer.com/how-to-make-a-titanic-swim-dress-on-a-budget/).
So we did.
To be historically accurate, the black underdress would be long. But Tessa wanted to wear it short today. We bought a robe with lace-edged sleeves for $2 and a wide black belt for 97 cents at the thrift store and voila!
And then there are the wonderful vintage shoes! I found this picture of these fun 1913 shoes online.
I had these in my closet which are basically the same thing ($4 from Goodwill):
And a couple of other relevant pairs ($3-4 each) just to prove that the passion is consistent!
And, of course, I still want THESE: