100 thoughts on “Making an 1895 Walking Skirt (Using an 1895 Drafting Method)

  1. Glance through comments, French seams: for a 5/8 seam sew wrong sides together, sew 1/4 seam. Then fold right sides together and make a 3/8 seam.

  2. What page and source are you looking at during 11:12. It seems useful and I would like to get a closer look at it but I couldn't find it in the keystone guide or Bertha Banner's Household. Your videos are great and inspired me to learn more about sewing. After all those of us with old souls need a certain aesthetic in our clothes to reflect that.

  3. I started making this pattern 2 years ago and never finished it! I did notice that the pattern definitely needs a bustle to keep the pleats looking proper, which I haven't made yet. But I should go get that Tarleton stuff!

  4. This was an absolute delight! I am so very glad that YouTube recommended your channel to me. I cannot try out your projects because of movement limitations but it is taking me back to my younger days where I made many (simpler) garments. 🙋‍♀️😊

  5. When you mentioned the watch pocket, I let out an audible squeak of delight. I watched this because I'm thinking of making my own walking skirt. I also have a pocket watch, too (granted it's not an actual antique as of YET, but who cares) so the tiny watch pocket must. be. added. Thank you so, sooo, sooooooo much!

  6. I would love a tutorial making a button down white blouse, I have an old pin from my great aunt that I would love to wear

  7. I love all your sewing hacks. I learn so much and don't have to do all the mistakes you do. I have enough of my own. 😀

  8. This was a lovely project to watch come together! I wanted to share ( in case someone else has not already) that brush braiding is still available as it is used at the hem of cassocks worn by clergy in higher liturgical churches. It is possible that there are others using it as well, but that is the context with which I am familiar. I thought I would pass this along in case you want to hunt some down for future skirt making endeavors.

  9. Bertha Banner sounds so similar to your own name. Is that merely coincidence, are you actually related, or is Bernarette Banner a pseudonym?

    So cool pockets in skirts are actually historically accurate. And proper ones too that can even hold sizeable items we all wear in purses because women's jeans' pockets can't contain anything.
    I need those in my modern skirts!

  10. Curious – I here you use "mock-up" alot when you make garment drafts. Is that what they taught at your school? Or is this a term you prefer to use?
    My school taught us to use the word "toile". I'm sure you've hear it before, but I was just wondering about your opinion on the terminology.
    Not trying to sound like a smart-ass, I'm genuinely curious.

  11. I wanted to make this so much, but I‘m horrible both at sewing and reading victorian english drafting guides. Even my mum (who doesn‘t speak english at all but is at least very good at sewing) couldn‘t help me draft the pattern.
    If any of you wonderful people can help me read the guide I‘d be forever grateful 🙁

  12. I adore long skirts! The pocket tab stitched in the waistband makes so much sense, since modern pockets are cut long enough for the top edge to be stitched within the waistband.
    I will definitely keep this skirt in mind as a goal for Holiday 2020 partygoing. I really like that pear-shaped pocket. Also, Thank you for the source for the hem tape.

  13. Thank you for helping me in my next step. This helps in my own journey. The pocket does need reinforcement at the top and pulls in a wierd way.

  14. I would suggest that even if you did a french seam, which btw, is simply done, by sewing wrong side together, at half the seam allowance, trim to 1/8' seam, turn and resew with right sides together. thus a french seam is complete. But, it leaves a ridge in the seam and likely youwould prefer to fell that down anyway, so better off with your method of sewing with proper seam allowances, and felling as you do it well.

  15. In San Francisco there’s a yearly Charles Dickens Christmas Fair and so many people go in Victorian costume! I’ve had a makeshift costume that’s not accurate, but blends in well enough but now I’m using the pattern you linked and this video to try and make a new skirt for this year! I’ve never made any clothing before but it’s going along pretty well so far! Your videos are great! ❤️

  16. Hey there Miss Bernadette, I really enjoyed your videos about victorian clothing and the making of your walking skirt. I purchased a used vintage 1940s "WWII dress" and it is absolutely lovely, but it is in terrible shape currently. I cannot bring myself to throw it away, I love it so. There are holes mainly around the armpit area and one that runs going towards the back of the dress. I was hoping you could give me some advice on how to reinforce the fabric. I tried sewing it together like you normally would sew a tear, but it just keeps ripping further. The actual fabric is kind of coming apart. As I am not the best at sewing, nor do I know too much about how to properly care for such an old item, I figured I would as a professional. Thanks so much in advance 😊

  17. May I Lady Holmes be informed of whom gave you that gorgeous watch? I would be forever grateful and many thanks to you.

  18. The Victorians loved pockets, I love pockets… I'm a Victorian. Obviously.
    But really, why don't modern fashion companies include pockets!? They're so practical and comfortable! I don't want to carry a bag just for my phone! Bring back pockets dangit!

  19. This video is wonderful. However, the sewing machine confuses me. It looks like you're hand-turning the side wheel? My 18something Singer is pedal powered; is yours not? I'm not sure I've ever seen one without a pedal.

  20. “The present diagram does not show pockets. We can’t have that.” 😂

    Not much upsets me more than buying a piece of clothing and realizing that it has false pockets!

  21. Now I'm curious on the evolution of pockets in female garments through to the 21st century….WHY DO POCKETS NO LONGER EXIST IN MODERN DAY FEMALE GARMENTS????

  22. PLEASE learn French seams!!! It's so much easier and quicker than flat-felling. And I know that "easy and quick" are like, totally your thing, ha ha ha.

  23. Did anyone here tried to make that dress, with that exact pattern? Because I see the pattern, but I absolutly don,t understand it. The Wheel weels as the Wheel wills I guess. Help!

  24. If the tarlatan can't get wet, how would you wash this skirt? Just dabbing with a damp washcloth at specific spots? Dry cleaning only?

  25. My great great grandfather was a tailor during this time period. Watching your videos gives me a glimpse of what he may have made.

  26. I find it funny you didn't have a pocket watch. I have a pocket watch just because I like them. It wasn't bought for costuming at all 😂

  27. I tied to download the link to the skirt but I wasn't successful! I tried to download it as a PDF, but to no avail. I then tied an ebook app,but still no luck. I just wanted the skirt pattern for now.😔 Any suggestions? Ideas?

  28. But of course one needs that waist tape to hang the pocket from. How else would you comfortably carry a fowling pistol in the great, monstrous pocket?
    A thing of beauty…

  29. Watch pocket thoughts: I would have closed in the opening a leetle beetle bit just to prevent the watch from too easily being snagged out from the chain. Making the overall shape like a U shape that wants to close in at the top, wanting to be a O. But not quite– I mean that it pinches inward only on one side. It might not actually halt the process but it gives the watch a fighting chance.

  30. Amazing! Lovely! But excuse the mom in me: What in the world do you do with a skirt you can't wash????????????????? Don't tell me they never washed their skirts! That would be disturbing not to mention if you have kids gross! Could you tell me what I do not understand?

  31. I think it's so cool that you do these videos and include the mistakes and stuff that you could do better and such, it really makes the whole 'journey' feel so much more accurate and interesting to watch. (As opposed to just seeing a video that's edited to be perfect and correct in every way.)

  32. I have been planning to make a skirt for everyday wear, and the Lady Sherlock series directed me to the Keystone guide. I was not entirely sure about the number of panels after making a first drafting attempt (drawn on a much smaller scale to make sure I'm fully grasping the logic), and coming back to this was so helpful.
    Thank you Bernadette for being the final push to finally start ditching fast fashion (which, by the way, never quite suited my 6'1 frame ^^')

  33. If you are interested in learning more about pockets I highly recommend episode #3 of the podcast Articles of Interest. Avery Trufelman does not disappoint!

  34. I was very inspired by these series of videos and just last night finished felling the hem on my own walking skirt. Thank so much for your beautiful content.

  35. You are truly talented and a delight to watch. I wish I had half of your patience and skill. I can hand sew quite well but I have never been able to master using a sewing machine.

  36. Incredible! A bit disappointed that you don't take commissions, though! Would love a walking skirt and matching waistcoat. There is a high-end brand in the Netherlands that still has some of the Edwardian esthetic, it's called Pauw, the Dutch word for peacock. All the best from Holland!

  37. Tidbit: some Catholic priests' cassocks have broom braid. The trouble is it wears out really easily. At least the ones I've seen in real life 🙂

  38. This brings back so many memories of me watching my grandmother make garments in my young days. I still remember the sound of her old fabric scissors cutting fabric on the table… Ah, 懐かしい❣

  39. I just started drafting a walking skirt of my own from this very pattern! Something I’m wondering about in the instructions: they give separate, larger measurements for the skirt darts for “if the skirt is for a large person, who is corpulent”. What sort of size would be considered “corpulent” in 1895? My measurements are roughly bust/waist/hips 45-38-54, I know I’m not small lol, but is that big enough to be using the “large person” dart measurements?

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