Emma Woodhouse

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“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”

“Emma” by Jane Austen.

I do like “Emma” TV serial from the BBC produced in 2009 with Romola Garai as the titular heroine Emma Woodhouse. Jane Austen finished her novel in 1815 thus the costumes in this serial are close to this epoch for me . I have a board on Pinterest with all costumes from serial, you may have a look.

I joined in a project, yes, once again, where I had to sew a historical outfit. I hesitate a little between 1810s and 1850s, but then I chose The Vertical Epoch. And I decided to start this period from the beginning of the century 🙂 And, of course, I used Emma’s costumes for an inspiration.

I’ve sewn a cotton dress and a spencer, all sewn by hand.


The dress has tiny buttons on the back, the buttonholes were made by hand as well. The dress decorated with thin lace on the cuffs and on the hem.


The spencer has hidden clasps but very tiny buttons decorate the collar and the belt straps. It also has decorative stitches on the back, folds decorated with belt straps with tiny buttons.


I made a hat as well. I starched a cotton veil for a brim and formed a crown on a Styrofoam ball. I decorated the hat with dark blue ribbon on the crown and used a ribbon with gradient green color to tie the hat.

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