I plan to join in a suffragette group at this year's Costume College, and this skirt looked like it could translate well to 1916-ish.
Before: the waist is a little tight, but would work if I were lightly corseted. The skirt is a good 19th century length but a bit long for late 19-teens.
Before: a lovely hem and a very well-stitched zipper. Of course, to make this more period accurate, the zipper had to go. I hated to pick out such nice stitching!
I thought about shortening from the waist so I wouldn't lose the hem, but I loved the nifty pockets!
Finished. I just threw on a random (modern) white blouse from the closet for the photo.
The new hem is machine blind-stitched.
I replaced the zipper with a placket, cut from waste fabric leftover from shortening. Hooks and eyes close the placket.
I might add buttons later to highlight the pockets.
Notions: Thread and Hooks & Eyes
How historically accurate is it? I give it about 80%. The hem is machine stitched, and I am not sure about the inverted pleat detail, but otherwise the material and silhouette work.
Hours to complete: 3
First worn: Not yet.
Total cost: Totally free.