I am a HUGE Downton Abbey fan! I guess this is obvious since I am creating a whole new line of bags inspired by the show. If you are a sewer, Downton Abbey is basically “dress porn.” Each scene is layered with amazing imagery, draping, hand stitching, carefully placed sparkles, cuffs, and pleats….don’t get me started on the pleats! I am going to be using my excitement about these little moments to make bags that are inspired by this. I am not simply recreating a bag that is already on the show, I am using a feature of one of the sewn items. This will also be a learning experience for me. I will be coming up with new designs, most likely learning how to add beading, embroidery, pleats, etc. I am looking forward to this challenge!
My first example is Lady Edith’s jacket. (I love ALL of the jackets! I may need to step away from this fascination and explore some of the other garments for this). What I love about this jacket is the bold button with the matching fabric and the way that the collar stands. There is also a tab that isn’t really seen in this shot. Blue is a popular color for garments in this episode.
These can be found in my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccaShellyArt
The inside of the bag is a recycled men’s dress shirt. The bag strap is a recycled bike inner tube. I have created five of these styles with this fabric and similar hardware.
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I figured that other sewers or vintage lovers may have items that could recreate this outfit in real life. Each week I am going to post items from Etsy that are available for sale from other sellers. These items will be clothing, hats, accessories, patterns, etc.
I chose this jacket by FriederikeZobel because it had a similar blue tone, an interesting collar, and had fabric colored buttons. The look for this jacket has a more contemporary fitting than the 1920’s version. These jackets are hand made in Berlin, Germany.
The hat is also great for this look. There is a sewing pattern that I found on Etsy that could recreate this look! VintagePatternGirl has a great cloche style.
If you are not interested in sewing a hat, there is also a vintage style that is very similar. It is straw and not fabric but has a very similar shape. This can be found in VintagelyVogueDeJavu‘s shop.
A German book is a major player in this episode. This seemed to be an appropriate accessory for this look.
The book is a “German Primer” and was owned by Lady Edith’s secret lover who has disappeared.
I found a vintage German Primer on Etsy! There is so much amazing vintage items on here! These are vintage readers from MerrilyVerilyVintage.
I hope that you are enjoying these posts. Let me know if you are an Etsy seller who features items similar to what may inspire an episode. Keep in mind that I live in the United States and we are now seeing the show for the first time (no spoilers please!)