Friday, 7 September 2018

Edwardian House Maid Headdress Upcycle Project


Edwardian House Maid Headdress Upcycle Project by Karen Vallerius


Influenced by a frilled 19-teens headdress as worn by Anna in Downton Abbey, I had a small scrap of broderie anglaise which I thought might work. 

Edwardian House Maid Headdress Upcycle Project by Karen Vallerius


Measuring approx. 38cm wide, I cut the piece to a depth of approx. 15cm and scalloped the cut edge.  I then finished all raw edges on my overlocker.  Lastly I stitched a folded channel down the middle of the reverse of the fabric to form a casing into which I could insert a hairband.  The hairband was one of a pack of 5 bought at Primark for £1.

Edwardian House Maid Headdress Upcycle Project by Karen Vallerius


I then threaded the hairband through the channel and ruched the fabric up to give a frilled effect.  So a neat little maid's frilled headdress for a cost of 20p!  (Have discounted the fabric as it was such a small scrap from another sewing project, which in itself was upcycled from a skirt purchased at a jumble sale).

Edwardian House Maid Headdress Upcycle Project by Karen Vallerius


I am going to try this idea with some velvet scraps which I will then decorate with flowers and beads to create Victorian headdresses for an upcoming Victorian Christmas community project.




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