The Victorian Seamstress

A collection of antique patterns, sundries, garments and details for costume reference & Steampunk inspiration

past-imperfect:

Skull Stick Pin

Paris,1867

Gold and enamel with diamond sparks

The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer’s pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap.

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realhistoricalpatterns:

Here’s a collapsible bustle design from 1888! While it may look complicated at first glance, if you examine each figure one by one, it does seem logistically possible to reconstruct.

Hand-snagged for your pleasure from Google’s digital US patent archives. Please mind the page order, as sometimes Tumblr likes shifting them about!

(via costumehistory)

oldbookillustrations:

He cast furtive side glances at his visitor.
A. Foa (?), from La petite arlésienne (The little woman from Arles) vol. 2, by Maxime Valoris, Paris, 1895.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

He cast furtive side glances at his visitor.

A. Foa (?), from La petite arlésienne (The little woman from Arles) vol. 2, by Maxime Valoris, Paris, 1895.

(Source: archive.org)

nitratediva:

Seamstresses are overcome by the need to dance when they hear jamming piano music nearby in Alice Guy’s “Le piano irrésistible” (1907).

nitratediva:

Seamstresses are overcome by the need to dance when they hear jamming piano music nearby in Alice Guy’s “Le piano irrésistible” (1907).

(via costumehistory)

peashooter85:

Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.

Sold at Auction: $11,350

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