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Permalink 09:00:00 pm, by Heather McNaughton Email , 170 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: New Patterns

Truly Victorian has just released it's newest pattern;  an  overskirt to go with the new Imperial Skirt and Bustle.  The 1887 Cascade Overskirt - TV367

This overskirt is drafted based on an actual garment as seen in the October 26, 1887 edition of La Mode Illustre. The front apron is a long swag, pulled up high onto the hips in large pleats that fan beautifully. A slit in the center front hem forms 2 points. The back is in two pieces, and falls in graceful cascades down the center back forming two points. The cascade is achieved through creative pleating, highlighted by 2 burnous pleats. The closure is in the center back. The apron is cut on the cross grain.

This overskirt is ideal for lengthwise stripes, which would then go across on the front, and downward in the back. Any light to medium weight fabric will be suitable, however.

For more information on Burnous pleats, we have a blog post all about them.  

And of course, you can find this pattern at our shopping pages.


Permalink 11:22:00 am, by Heather McNaughton Email , 210 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: New Patterns

If you have already made the new 1887 Imperial Tournure, aka bustle, then now you need something Imperial to go over it.  Truly Victorian's newest pattern, TV263 - 1887 Imperial Skirt is exactly what you need.  For more specifics on the pattern, click here.

1887-1888 saw a very specific skirt shape that was designed to maximize the look of a bustle. The front and sides were very narrow, with the sides extending back over the bustle. The back itself is confined to a cascade over the top of the bustle. 

Our 1887 Imperial Skirt comes in 3 train variations;  floor length, round evening train, and full square court train.  The floor length skirt has a full width back, and is lightly rumples with a single burnouse pleat that also acts as the skirt closure.  The round train is of medium length, with a extra wide back made of three 22" wide panels.  Gores added to the side back seam let the train transition more transition more naturally across the floor.  The closure is between the side back and center back panels on the left side.  The full court train is long, square,  and double wide.  It has 2 burnouse pleats at the top for a rumpled effect.

Below are some of the original gowns that inspired this pattern.



Permalink 12:16:00 pm, by Heather McNaughton Email , 227 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: In Other News

Over the last year or so, I have noticed the Truly Victorian Message Board getting slower and slower, and the outages increasing in frequency. So I finally jumped ship and moved the bulletin board to the new server. It went much more smoothly than I expected. (The last time I tried to move it, it was a week long exercise in frustration and failure. Thank you, programmer people, for creating scripts to make the move so much easier, i.e. Big Dump.)

The Truly Victorian Message Center can now be accessed at

Though today some weird issues popped up with the site being unaccessible, I was able to sort it all out. The only reason I can come up with for the issues this morning, was that I maybe left open my ftp client on my screen, and the dogs or cat stepped on my keyboard and wreaked havoc with the servers? All I know is everything was fine last night when I left it.

I currently still have half my website on the old server, .com, and the other half on the new server, .net. But with only the gallery to move now, and some other easy files, I might just get the whole site moved, and finally get away from the horrible server. I will be retaining both the and in the future.


Permalink 11:49:55 am, by Heather McNaughton Email , 471 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: New Patterns

Here is the link to the new pattern, just to get this out of the way first:  TV403 page. And now my story:

When I told my sister Laura I want to find ideas for and Early Bustle bodice, she was mildly interested in helping me look.  For about 5 minutes.  Undaunted, I pulled a dozen books off the shelf and set to finding the next "new thing."   Every five minutes or so, I made her turn away from her computer to look at what I had found, receiving an unenthusiastic "okay..."  to the proffered item at hand.   After failing to really get her attention by the 10th try, I had to give up and try a new tactic.  So the next hour was spent whittling down the list to 3-4 pics I thought might work.   I then showed the short list to Laura, and asked her which one she liked the best.  She picked one, and of course, I picked another.

Laura's choice:



My choice:


The more she looked at the one she liked, the more excited she got about the idea of a new bodice.  She already had a skirt and overskirt made up for a new dress, she just needed a new bodice to go with it.  This would be the perfect match to what she needed.

But since I am the one who does all the work, I finally made the decision to do the one I liked, and "thank you for your help."  Her response was to turn back to her computer  and mumble "okay..."

So, over the next few days, I draft up the pattern for my new bodice.  I work out the kinks, have it pretty much finished, and ask Laura if she wants to try it out for me.  She says she is going to wait for the other one.  This one won't really work right for the skirts she already made.  Looking at her outfit, I can only agree.  And then I start to think about it, what kind of skirt/overskirt would this bodice go with?  Answer?  Not much.  As I picture the bodice paired with each of the patterns in the TV line, I am left with the realization that it just doesn't blend well with what I have.

I am forced to concede to Laura's wisdom, her bodice is indeed the better choice.   A few days later, I show Laura the pattern for her bodice, and she says "Print that up for me,  so I can make it."  Laura, who hasn't made a bodice in over 2 years, started in on it right away. And even more surprising, she finished it in a couple weeks.  OK, she still has some finish work to do, but it is wearable.

End result, I have to say, Laura looks amazing in this dress.


Permalink 09:42:14 pm, by Heather McNaughton Email , 228 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: In Other News

Truly Victorian has always been proud of being a small local company, that uses local services and products to produce our patterns.  The one downside, is that we are then limited by local availability.  Recently, our provider of paper for the cover sheets of our patterns, Kelly Paper, has cut back on paper types and styles.    Specifically, the legal-sized, colored, cardstock sheets we've been using are no longer available.

Which left us with a dilemma.  We could keep the color, but go down to a letter sized sheet.  Or we could go with keeping the legal sheets, and loose the color, going with a white sheet for all the patterns.  After much debate, and redesign, we have come up with a compromise, which I like even better than what we have now.  I wish we had come up with this earlier!

We are going with white sheets and new colored print.  Here is a sample of how it will look.  The patterns will still be color-coded by time period, so you can easily find patterns that can be mix-and-matched for complete outfit.  But the overall look of the patterns will be more consistent, for a cohesive, professional look.  We will be gradually easing in the redesign, as we exhaust our existing supplies and stock on hand.  I hope you all like the new look as much as we do!

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