Just a very quick post on dressing in period costume as WGW is coming up and Haworths going steam punk in Nov
The most important thing is highlighted in the Goth day public service announcement
First some donts
If your wearing a steel boned or steel busk corset ,put your stockings and shoes on first
Dont wear tights unless your not going to need the loo while in costume.
Next the layers
1 /chemise layer ,this goes under your corset to stop the corset rubbing idealy a long chemise or camisole top and petticoat ,or you can use almost anything else a thin strappy long vest top ,a cotton strappy hippy top, a strappy nightdress
2/ Corset layer
The corset now goes on any structural undergarments ,hoop ,bustle ,bustle cushion ,
Petticoats layer ,.
either one petticoat over the structural underlayers or one to add fullness to the skirts .I usually wear at least one basic one and one decorated one with a taffeta or lace trimmed hemlines or a trained petticoat with bustle gowns
For 1830s/40s you will need several petticoats but they dont need to be decorated.They can add a lot of weight however ,I found that I average between 1 and 2 stones of outfit
Dress and extras layer
Put on your dress, add lace collar and cuffs or pelerine or ribbon and lace collar etc ,this is what makes the gown look correct.
Avoid any jewelry with sparkly stones unless you playing someone very rich ,paste jewels were considered tacky by the middle classes ,black jet look-alike jewelry ,bone looking plastic, mother or pearl ,small pearl brooches or portrait miniatures work well
Fan ,,it’s no fun at all in hot weather or hot rooms wearing Victorian costume unless you have a fan to help you keep cool
Little bag/reticule /pocket
Its essential asd you wont have pockets or a modern handbag to have somewhere to put change ,hankies ,phones fans
Mittens or gloves
No lady would go out without gloves or possibly mittens and most wore mittens in the house and evening /opera gloves which reached upper arm or night time events or dinner (see above)
No lady would leave the house without a bonnet or hat
Married ladies would wear a cap or some token piece of lacetrimed ribbon in the house in the early years of the reign
Again no lady would leave the house without them and a shawl is handy if your moving around in drafty places in a wide shouldered dress
This is a pleasant extra as in hot weather it does stop you feeling too hot and in rain it reduces the amount of extra weight your likely to be a carrying from rain-soaked clothing any outfit will have around 10 metres of fabric and many up to metres so thats a lot of fabric to get wet
Faux vintage pocket watch.