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Sew project: Victorian Style

Sewing was not just a hobby for Victorian woman, it was part of life. Girls were expected to learn to sew at a young age. It was a handy skill since almost everyone made their own clothing and even household items. The sewing machine was an important household fixture and so a sew project Victorian style is a project that utilizes the styles of that era and puts your sewing machine to good work.

Victorian Style

The Victorian era was a very romantically influenced era with a lot of ruffles, lace and bows. They worked in a variety of fabrics and used a wide range of supplies and tools. Women would be responsible for making everyday clothing, special occasion clothing, household items and even toys. Many projects, like darning socks, were done for a purpose, but others, like making toy dolls, were done for fun.

A Fun Project

In the Victorian era sewing supplies and tools were fascinating. Women choose tools not only for function but for their stylish looks. Even something as simple as a needle was a big deal. There were numerous types and styles of needles. Another popular sewing tool was the sewing doll.

A sewing doll was a small doll that held sewing supplies. They were made to hold everything from scissors to thimbles. Here are instructions for making a simple sewing doll that works as a pincushion:

You will need a small amount of fabric and filling to complete this project.

Start by marking and cutting a doll outline in two pieces of fabric. This can be just a simple outline, like a stick figure, but thicker. You do not have to get fancy with the doll. Sew the fabric pieces together with the right sides together, leaving an opening in one edge. Turn the doll right side out and stuff it with the stuffing. Sew up the opening. You can now dress up the doll if you would like or you can just use it as is.

Additional Tips: You can make a dress for the doll with small pockets that can be used to hold thimbles, marking chalk or other small sewing tools. You can also add hair, draw on a face and even give your doll shoes or changeable outfits. You can make the doll whatever you want and have it hold just pins or a multitude of other sewing tools and supplies.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.


Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.


Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!


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