Chemises are the first place to start when building a wardrobe for any era. They provide a foundation for any outfit, protect your corset and outer clothing from sweat and look pretty while doing so! In the Georgian era they were largely a functional garment as no-one would see them, and decorations such as lace would have to be hand-made which was a time-consuming and skilled craft which would be wasted on an undergarment. Most of the time engageantes would be attached to the chemise instead of the dress itself, meaning that the sleeves are slightly longer than you may be used to with chemises of later periods.
This Georgian chemise takes inspiration from historical examples, listening to hints from our ancestors on what makes a chemise both comfortable and practical. The drawstring neckline that allows you to adjust how high or low the neckline is depending on the dress you’re wearing and the gussets beneath the arms allow you to have freedom of movement, even if that freedom is not replicated in your outer dress! The wheels in the skirt give more room to the hem, again allowing for freedom of movement.
This chemise comes in three sizes:
Small: UK size 6-10
Medium: UK size 12-16
Large: UK size 18-20
This chemise is made from 100% cotton lawn with a white ribbon drawstring. It is entirely machine stitched- if you would like a chemise that has more hand-stitching or a variation of coloured ribbon please message me. The hem of the chemise should hit just above your knee depending on your height and the sleeve should sit a few inches above your elbow. If you are concerned about any of these you can message me your measurements and I can ensure that it will fit you correctly.
I personally love wearing this style of chemise, mostly because of the drawstring neckline! I find it to be a very delicate style with a cute length. The only issue I’ve encountered is the sleeves bunching up as I slip a dress on, but this can be avoided with a few moments of precaution. Otherwise, a very pretty chemise!
A number of things was used in the Georgian era to pad out skirts. This type of bum roll is split down the middle, a style that became popular when the polonaise or ‘Italian gown’ came into fashion which had a longer back that dropped into the waistline. The split meant that the extended back still fit comfortably against the body without being hindered by padding or false rumps. It would also be suitable for any other period when the padding for skirts was focused towards the back instead of either side.
This bum roll is made from ticking, but I can also make it from a plain fabric if you would prefer. It is filled with stuffing and has cotton tapes to secure it around your waist.
I find this bum roll very comfortable to wear as it doesn’t hinder any part of your life, save for perhaps having a slightly larger behind than you’re used to! But even if you do back into something, it is cushioned by the stuffing. I find it gives a very attractive shape to your skirts, especially when worn en retroussé and the split is very handy if your bodice back does extend past the waistline, whether on purpose or by accident!
These lovely little pocket hoops are the perfect thing to drape your robe a la Française over to give you the wide, narrow silhouette that was so popular in the Georgian era. Plus, they’re collapsible so you can get all of that shape while still being able to fit them in your suitcase!
The ‘wide’ silhouette became very fashionable in the Georgian era with the wealthy elite as a wide skirt meant that you needed more fabric to drape over it, thus showing off your wealth. Pocket hoops were an everyday alternative to panniers, being easier to wear and less of a hinderance on movement. They also doubled up as pockets with many skirts having convenient slits in the sides to be able to access them.
These pocket hoops are made from cotton drill with steel bones and a cotton tape so you can fasten them easily around your waist. Each side extends out approximately 18cm from the body, adding another 36cm to the width of your silhouette.
I personally love wearing these pocket hoops. They’re quite small but still give the right silhouette, which is preferable for someone like me who doesn’t like taking up too much space, even in period costume! You can’t help but feel like a princess as you float around with these pocket hoops mounting your skirts!
This bum roll is perfect is you’re looking for some padding to fill out your Georgian skirts. Because the padding is even all the way around it’s a very versatile skirt support, able to be worn beneath a number of different dress styles worn across the whole Georgian era.
Many different styles of skirt supports were worn through the Georgian period, some making the silhouette wider, others focusing fullness at the back, this one simply adding a layer of padding to the hips. They were used to either emphasise or disguise a woman’s figure (depending on the woman!) and, much as the discourse is today, men believed that in pursuing fashion women were lying to their husbands. This particularly witty rhyme from the ‘London Magazine’ in 1777 captures the feeling perfectly:
‘…Thus finished in taste, while on Chloe you gaze,
You may take the dear charmer for life;
But never undress her- for, out of her stays,
You’ll find you have lost half your wife.’
Things never change, do they?
This bum roll is made from cotton drill and filled with stuffing, tied at the waist with cotton tapes. I cut these tapes to a standard length, but if you are concerned about fit just message me your waist measurement.
Petticoats are very important when creating the correct historical silhouette, and this one is the perfect place to start when building your Georgian wardrobe. Petticoats not only soften the lines of any padding worn beneath your skirts, they also protect your outer garment from being sullied from the inside. It is finished with period-accurate ties that are first fastened at the front and then pulled and tied around the back; you can see how this is done in one of my Georgian GRWM’s:
This type of fastening is wonderful as it allows for different waist measurements (which may prove useful if various corsets give you different measurements) and also leaves a slit in the side of the petticoat for easy access to pockets if you choose to wear them beneath your skirts.
There is roughly two metres in this petticoat, which should be enough for most skirt supports (eg. bum rolls, pocket hoops, false rumps). However, if you have larger panniers that you need to cover, please contact me first as you will probably require a different style of petticoat.
To make this petticoat I’ll need your waist and waist-to-floor measurement. I find with petticoats that the perfect length is lower-to-mid calf. Anything higher than that has the risk of riding up as you walk and bunching beneath your skirts, and any lower has a risk of dragging through the floor. However, not all petticoats need to be purely practical, so if you would like it a certain length please let me know or provide a ‘skirt length’ measurement instead of waist-to-floor.
This price is for a very simple style of petticoat made from cotton with cotton tape ties. If you would like a fancier fabric, different colours or ruffle decoration please do contact me and I can give you a quote!
If you’re looking for a darling accessory to tie your Georgian ensemble together, then this day cap is just the thing! Worn either below a hat or on its own to preserve your modesty during the day, this cap is perfect for daily use for a lower or upper-class Georgian outfit, depending on how you wish to dress it.
This cap is entirely hand-sewn and therefore utterly authentic to the period. It is made out of a lightweight cotton with a grosgrain ribbon accent- if you have a colour preference then please let me know, if not, I will simply use whatever I have in my stash. It has a drawstring back for different head sizes or hairstyles and you can pin it to your head with straight pins, or bobby pins if the thought of using pins makes you uncomfortable!
I love this style of cap. If you don’t have the time to do an elaborate 18th Century hairstyle, it adds a Georgian flair to your look with minimal effort. The style is quaint and unassuming, suitable for our modern tastes where we find large frills and dramatic shapes take some getting used to. I tend to draw my hair up into a fairly high bun before putting this cap on, pinning it to either side of my head before tightening the drawstring.
I use the 1740’s cap pattern from American Duchess to make this cap, if you wish to make one of your own.
This cap is a little fancier than the other style currently on my shop. It’s slightly larger and therefore made to be worn over the high hairstyles that came into fashion during the latter part of the 1700s. Because it is made from organza with lace, it is more suitable for a higher-class outfit.
Caps like this were worn during the day to preserve modesty by hiding the hair, often paired with a fichu to cover the chest. It could then be removed in the evening to reveal your elaborate coiffure, accentuated by a gorgeous dress and low neckline.
This cap is entirely hand-sewn, which really makes a difference when it comes to delicate pieces such as this. It is made from organza with a narrow lace trim- there may be some slight variations with lace depending on what I have in my stash, but if you have any concerns about what I’ll be using just ask. It also has a drawstring at the centre back to tighten it around your head or hairstyle, depending on how you wear it.
To wear this cap, simply style your hair however you see fit before placing the cap over the top, pinning it in place with either straight pins or bobby pins if the thought of using pins makes you uncomfortable!
Accessories are the easiest way to bring your historical outfit to life, and fichus are a wonderful addition to any outfit. You can either get a colour to match your outfit or, more period-accurate, find a colour that compliments or contrasts with your dress.
Fichus were worn during the day to preserve modesty by hiding the chest, an accessory that could then be removed in the evening. They also protected the skin from sun damage when out and about, when pale skin was sought after and envied, or acted as an extra layer of warmth if the weather was chilly. Because of its many uses, fichus can be made from almost any fabric in an almost endless array of styles.
If you would like a fichu made to match your outfit, please message me and we can find a colour and style that suits your outfit. The price listed is for a simple style made in cotton- if you want a more expensive fabric or any trimmings, such as lace or embroidery, please be aware that this will cost a little more.
I, personally, love wearing a fichu. I find that they can tie almost any outfit together, and really make a historical ensemble look ‘lived in’, especially for lower-class outfits. You can either put them on below your outer garment, with your bodice holding them in place if you have no intention of taking it off, or you can simply drape it around your neck and fasten it in place with either a pin or brooch.
Pockets were an intimate accessory that you may be unaware of if you’re only just dipping your toe into historical costuming. Before bags and purses were used, Georgian ladies tied ‘pockets’ beneath their skirts in order to carry their possessions. These were accessed through slits in the side of their skirts.
You may have heard the common nursery rhyme of Lucy Locket:
‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.’
The ‘pocket’ they’re referring to is a pocket like this!
Although pockets were worn beneath clothing, they could still be elaborately decorated through the use of patchwork or embroidery. The price shown is for a simple pocket made from cotton with ribbon ties, but if you would like a more elaborate pocket please do message me as we can come up with a design that really screams ‘you’, even if no-one else can see it! Embroidery is a particular passion of mine, but it does take time so it will cost more if you want an embroidered pocket.
Pockets are a little strange to get used to, but once you are, they’re so helpful! Especially this design as it’s so large, you can fit your phone, wallet, even your camera if you need it! And there’s no way anyone else is getting near your stuff when it’s hidden beneath your skirts!