Monday, March 11, 2013

1868 Baschlik Mantilla - Those "In-between" Projects

Well, it was a great day at the 2013 Vista Civil War Event.  I thought the weather might be a bit challenging, but the day ended up being sunny and bright.  The walkways and roads were still a little bit wet and muddy, but overall it was a wonderful event to attend.  I wore the civil war era gown I made last year, and went with a new accessory, the Baschlik Mantilla.  These wraps were very popular before, during, and after the Civil War.  What I very much liked about this pattern was the hood and the scalloped hemline in the back.  Very different from other styles that I have seen.  I had made a quick trip up to the LA Textile Market a few weeks ago and found this cotton lace, which is something almost impossible to find, and purchased a couple of yards for this project.  The pattern calls for a stiffer fabric, but I wanted to try it with a lace.  Start to finish was approximately two hours.  I think when I make it again it will take longer as I want to try to make it with a heavier fabric and incorporate the box pleated trim, and that will take a bit more time.  This cotton lace version criss-crosses over the front and is held in place with a belt, then the long ties are knotted in the back.  In the pattern it shows this mantilla gathered up with a bow in the back, but I liked the easy tie option this time around.  Also, I used a simple "zig zag" stitch for the edge hem.  I have an original vintage lace shawl that is finished this way, so I simply followed the example of my extent piece.  This cotton lace was loose and open in places and would never have allowed a rolled hem anyway.   Lastly, with my next attempt  I will probably do an overall enlargement.  While it states "One Size Only" it is based off of their sizing from 1868, and women were smaller in general back then. 
With the finished Lace Mantilla, I liked how it draped over the shoulders like a shawl, the hood feature was very unique, the scalloped hemline is very pretty, the weight of the hood in the back kept it well centered, the belt keeps the front cross-over securely in place, and the back tie was very convenient as well.  I very much liked the overall finished product of this accessory.

1 comment:

  1. I have published several books of Victorian and Edwardian clothing patterns, described at The Baschlik Mantilla is similar to styles in my book Reconstruction Era Fashions.