Since research is another love of mine, this was hardly a chore.
Proper historical research was mostly done through books. I used recent forays into Victorian society and séances and also the irreplaceable “Mrs. Beetons”. We invited a medium to have a sitting for us. A friend let me play with her set of Victorian camisoles, corset, gloves and parasol. I was able to admire tiny stitches and the thin white cotton and ribbon details. And having never been to Highgate Cemetery myself, I found YouTube videos surprisingly helpful!
For flavour and atmosphere, I watched movies . Let me underscore that one doesn’t watch movies for historical accuracy! Regardless, I especially love “Little Women” and “Possession”. And I apparently have a thing for striped Victorian dresses. Violet gets to wear one mostly because I love the carriage dress at the end of Legend of Sleepy Hollow—which isn’t remotely Victorian but it reminds me of another lovely striped dress from the end of “‘North and South”, which is definitely Victorian.
You just never know where you’ll find your inspiration and I’ve learned not to argue with the Muse. She likes poetry, Mary Oliver, the Bronte sisters, history, bustles, swords and striped dresses.
And Irish pickpockets of course!