Edwardian

Diana’s Wardrobe: Anne of Avonlea

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Have you ever watched a movie with your sketchbook in hand, trying to record the costumes as they move across the screen, asking yourself, “Now how does that dress go together?” If you have, this page is a wonderful reference of screenshots and descriptions of Anne’s dresses!

In this movie, Anne and Diana have grown into young women, both taking separate roads in life. Anne is now a teacher, teaching first at the school in Avonlea and then at a ladies college (or highschool to us Americans!). Diana, still in Avonlea, falls in love, marries and starts a family.

The beauty of the costumes in this film is their adaptability to modern wear. The styles of the early Edwardian period, while sometime lavishly embellished, have a cut and style that can still be worn today.

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Diana’s Wardrobe: Anne of Green Gables

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Have you ever watched a movie with your sketchbook in hand, trying to record the costumes as they move across the screen, asking yourself, “Now how does that dress go together?” If you have, this page is a wonderful reference of screenshots and descriptions of Anne’s dresses!

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Anne’s Style Everyday

“Oh, Marilla! Look at the puffs!” While Anne went into raptures over the size of her puffed sleeves, we would probably have to conclude that grocery shopping in such appendages would be ridiculous! Perhaps you, like me, love the clothing worn by Anne in Anne of Green Gables and The Sequel, and have wondered “How can I dress in the fashions from the films on a daily basis, while remaining ‘sensible’ in Marilla’s eyes?”

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1910: A Year of Elegance & Grace

“Anne surveyed herself in the mirror of the blue room with girlish satisfaction. She had a particularly pretty gown on. Originally it had been only a simple little slip of cream silk with a chiffon overdress. But Phil had insisted on taking it home with her in the Christmas holidays and embroidering tiny rosebuds all over the chiffon. Phil’s fingers were deft , and the result was a dress which was the envy of every Redmond girl.”

~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

The description of Anne’s airy party dress, simply embellished with delicate, hand-embroidered rosebuds, fills our girlish hearts with delight. The gown is femininity personified and represents the spirit of Edwardian style–simple, lovely and exquisitely lady-like.The Edwardian era was marked by quickly changing fashions and silhouettes; the large, “puffy” sleeves that Anne so desired gave way to smaller sleeves puffed only at the sleeve head, and soon to the gently flowing sleeves of the 1910’s. The heavily boned and fitted bodices of the early period became looser, more delicate, and the waistline gradually started to rise. The skirts, moving from trained, pleated backs to tailored and fitted around the hips, became smaller and shorter as the years passed. These styles, building upon the fashions of earlier years, paved the way for the trends that were to come.

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Anne’s Wardrobe: Anne of Green Gables

NOTE: These images were lost when the site moved; if you have screenshots to share, please contact the editor!

Have you ever watched a movie with your sketchbook in hand, trying to record the costumes as they move across the screen, asking yourself, “Now how does that dress go together?” If you have, this page is a wonderful reference of screenshots and descriptions of Anne’s dresses!

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Anne of Green Gables: Inspired Interpretations

Amanda has shared a lovely example of adapting a design from Anne of Green Gables. (Read Full Article)

Pattern Review: Sense & Sensibility Edwardian Apron

Review by Celeste (Read Full Article)

Pattern Review: Butterick 3418

Jenny-Rose White: highly recommended

Techniques Used:
inserting a zipper
attaching a waistband
hem is marked, gathered and shrunk with steam before being sewn (Read Full Article)

Gibson Girl Updo

These instructions are from the perspective of someone else doing your hair. I don’t know how these instructions would work if you tried it on yourself. I would suggest you find a friend or sister to practice on until you learn it. Also, I bought two hair rats at http://www.adiscountbeauty.com. The largest they carry is 10″ which snaps together at the ends. The rats fit an eight year old comfortably, but would fit an adult very snugly (like a hat). An adult might find 12″ rats, but I really think the 10″ will work. You will also need both kinds of hair pins: bobby pins and hair pins. This is a fairly difficult hairstyle, so if it doesn’t work the first time, don’t despair!

Katie E. Allison
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Gibson Braids

This is one of my favorite Edwardian styles–it is so easy and beautiful! can do it on myself, so I am confident that others will be able to easily as well. My model is my 8 year old sister, Anna. She just loves buns and braids, and allows me to pull and tug on her hair to my heart’s content!

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