I just saw this gorgeous book:
The book is full of amazing olde-timey patterns like these sweet spats:
I want to make them!!
I’ve been secretly desiring a pair of spats for ages and almost bought some in Montreal in August, except they were polyester and cheap looking. Now, a pattern so I can knit my own! Hooray!
How cool are spats?
Here are some images for inspiration:
I know it might seem like a bit too much and borderline goth/steampunk, but I think it’s a reasonably wearable look. However, I am lucky to work in an environment that is pretty flexible as far as what is considered appropriate dress.
That being said I have been a big fan of 19th century saloon-girl style since watching Deadwood… I’ve always dreamed of having the time and patience to buy this Laughing Moon saloon girl pattern and make it:
I find something appealing about the idea of wearing a bustle! However, that being said, I am so happy to live in a Western country in the 21st century when women are basically free to wear whatever they like. Having to wear a corset, ankle length skirts and high collared tops everyday would not have been comfortable.