Making A (Modern!) Edwardian Walking Skirt || Historical Style

The next addition to my growing neo-historical wardrobe is this: an adaptation of the Edwardian walking skirt!

(By the way–yes, the pins did come out of the hem after I had pressed it all into place. 0/10, would not recommend wearing your clothes with pins still in.)

Shoes worn in the final shots are the ‘Gibson’ style from American Duchess.

-Pattern: Truly Victorian ‘1898 Walking Skirt’ no. TV291 (
-Stripe cotton: Prime Fabrics, NYC
-Flat lining: Amin Fabrics, NYC
-Stiffener cotton: Grey Lines Linen, NYC

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Additional cinematography and final pictures by Hana DeHart

Questions, comments, corrections? Do please write them down below!

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40 thoughts on “Making A (Modern!) Edwardian Walking Skirt || Historical Style”

  1. You're so amazing at this!
    And YES POCKETS I proper cackled when it went from 'I've made a grave mistake,,,' to 'I forgot to add a bloody pocket' 😂

  2. Ah, finally, some one else who doesn't care for over-lock/serger machines!
    That's a smart and crisp outfit, very nice!

  3. Not really sure how YouTube recommended this to me but I’m glad it did! I watched the video all the way through even though as a guy I have no intentions of ever wearing a dress, but I did share this with a friend of mine because I know she’ll enjoy the handmade dress.

  4. This style matches you so well that I envy you, because I like those older ages style so much, but they dont fit me..

  5. I’m so happy I found this! I literally never thought I would find an ACTUAL a-line skirt I could wear. All modern “a-line” skirts have no ability to stand out on their own, so it only show if you wear a crinoline which is very inconvenient and hot. I don’t know anything about sewing so finding out that the facing is the secret to the silhouette is a wonderful discovery

  6. Wow, that is some dedication! All that hand-stitching, I commend your patience and attention to detail. And here I am trying to force my sewing machine to fix the holes in my leggings…

  7. About 30 years ago, when I knew absolutely nothing about sewing and even less about historical fashion, I made a walking skirt from a pattern by the Folkwear company. It was far easier than I thought possible.

    It came out very well in a light-weight maroon wool. I can assure you that there was ZERO hand-sewing in the garment. (I don't recall there being pockets in the pattern, but you have shown me how easy it is to add them. Thank you. I also don't recall how the hem was handled in that pattern.) I remember loving how the skirt moved when I walked.

    Unfortunately, within a year, my skirt was attacked by closet moths. I now consistently use moth traps and mourn my long-gone walking skirt. But, hey! I can always make another! You have inspired me.

  8. I really love these skirts that go wider at the bottom and Idk why but not a lot of people wear those skirts or dresses anymore I think, at least I cannot seem to find any at my local stores that look that way. I mean I do live in a very small city (almost a village tbh) so my choice is very limited. Or people actually do and my stores are just crappy, that could also be a reason. But all in all the video was really great and I’m inspired to draw more cute dresses or skirts now because I cannot sew, but draw a lil! (also sorry for any grammar errors english is not my first language!)

  9. When she started talking about the pockets

    The Edwardian people were smart to give women pockets. We gots business to conduct! And let's be real, ain't nobody got the patience to carry a purse.

  10. wow hunny this skirt is incredibly beautiful and I don’t know how to properly express how much I enjoy watching your creations come together.

  11. I'm a big fan of history and historical fashion, and produce art and writings related to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Your video is interesting, but I have to say… I've watched several of your videos JUST to hear you speak. How I wish I could wake up one morning and everyone around me spoke as well as you do and had a superior command of vocabulary as you do. And of course, dressed in the sorts of clothing you highlight here. What a wonderfully elegant world it would be. I'm so sick of seeing ripped jeans, flannel, long-john "shorts," and listening to gutter slang every day. Everyone wants to look like and sound like a bum in the glorious 21st century. Sad.

  12. A few things. You should add pocket facings or making the bottom pocket the fabric fabric as your self so the pocket isn't noticeable. If your fabric is thick though a nice 1.5" facing would do plenty or if you are scarce on self material. Also a standard waist pocket is 3" down from the wearer's natural waist

  13. for me, i wanted to see the last minute of the video first. since i have no desire to sew, i wanted to see the finished product first. for me it would have been a better video if the last was first.

    the finished product was very good looking. and below the knees was a good thing, imho. you might be interested in what a 3rd party thinks is why i'm commenting.

  14. Can we be best friends and just sew period fashions all day long forever?

    For the record, i just finished a skirt last week that I forgot to put pockets in until it was too late.

  15. Also no interest in sewing…but dang, that look at the end inspired me. I really love the clothes that emphasize a woman’s figure, but in an elegant way.

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