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15 Sewing Projects Inspired by the Victorian Era

These Victorian-inspired sewing projects are perfect combination of modern and vintage sewing patterns!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor,
Sewing Projects Inspired by the Victorian Era
Sewing Projects Inspired by the Victorian Era
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Nothing embodies the word 'vintage' more than the styles and decor of the Victorian era, with its lush fabrics, delicate ribbon and lace accents, and feminine silhouettes. Named after the reign of Queen Victoria, the Victorian era brought styles like corsets, cage crinolines, and bustles into mainstream fashion, while rich and luxurious fabrics like velvet and silk were used in upper class homes. While most Victorian fashions would feel very uncomfortable for modern women, we here at AllFreeSewing love vintage-inspired fashion and anything that combines vintage style with a modern edge. In the spirit of everything Victorian, we've created a collection of sewing projects inspired by the Victorian Era, so that you can time travel back to the 1800s without leaving your sewing room!

These easy sewing patterns and projects are the best way to combine your love of history and sewing, and mix details from the Victorian era with modern styles. We've included some Victorian fashion essentials like corsets and shawls, as well as some modern pieces with Victorian accents. If you love antique home decor, then you'll love these quick and easy Victorian-inspired DIY projects, like expensive-looking curtains and beginner embroidery ideas. If you've always had a love of history and fashion, then these sewing projects inspired by the Victorian era are perfect for you!

Victorian-Inspired Sewing Projects

From projects with delicate and dainty lace to thick and luxurious faux fur, these Victorian-inspired sewing tutorials are the perfect way to embrace all things vintage. Our list of sewing projects inspired by the Victorian era includes ladylike clothing patterns and easy DIY home decor, as well as modern projects with a Victorian touch. Here's wishing you happy sewing! 

Clothes Fit for the Victorian Era

  1. Sew Retro Lace Shirt - Perfect for Any Victorian Lady! 

  2. All the Trimmings Scarf - For the Chilly London Weather! 

  3. 15 Minute Lacy Blazer - A Modern Top with a Victorian Touch!

  4. Victorian Lace Knee Socks - Can't Forget Your Stockings! 

  5. Vintage Rose Frame Purse - The Perfect Accessory! 

  6. Love Letters DIY Corset - Every Victorian Lady's Must-Have!

  7. How to Sew a Faux Fur Stole - We Love This!

Victorian-Inspired Home Decor

  1. Making Dining Chair Slipcovers - For Your Large Dinner Parties!

  2. Elegant Swag - Perfect for Your Drawing Room!

  3. Almost No Sew Lampshade Tutorial - Perfectly Pretty!

  4. Two-Tiered Luxe Christmas Tree Skirt - For a Very Victorian Christmas!

  5. Touch of Downton Pillow - Lovely Cameo!

  6. Grandmother's China Embroidered Pillow - Delicate Embroidered Details!

  7. How to Make a Monogram - Leave Your Mark!

  8. 2 Yard Ruffle Pillow Sham - Easy Victorian Decor!

Did You Know?

  1. The Victorian era is named after Queen Victoria and roughly spans the 1830s-1900s.

  2. Black and other dark colors were popular in this time period for two main reasons: Queen Victoria's mourning of her late husband Albert (she wore black after his death for the rest of her life) and the high level of soot and pollution in London.

  3. Blazers for men originated in the 1890s and were worn for casual activities like sports and sailing. 

  4. During the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign, the ideal female body had a long torso that was emphasized with wide hips. 

  5. In the 1850s, very wide skirts were popular, and cage crinolines were created to support the width of these skirts.

  6. Though current popular culture often depicts Victorian women as showing hardly any skin, Victorian evening gowns often showed off a woman's shoulders and had low-cut necklines.

What do you love about the Victorian era? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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