Category: "New Patterns"

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  10:13:00 pm, by Heather   , 362 words  
Categories: New Patterns

It has been a while since I came out with a new pattern, and now I have two!  You can find them at  the Truly Victorian Shopping Pages.

The first is  TV449 - 1861 Revere Bodice. The Illustration for our Revere Bodice is taken from the August 23, 1861 issue of Der Bazar, magazine. It is named for the French term which describes the fold-over lapel at the neckline, the folds at the center back below the waist, and at the outside of the sleeves. It is very much like a jacket and can be worn over a full blouse like TV441 Garibaldi Blouse, or a chemisette and undersleeves.

Made of wool or heavy fabrics, it is a nice winter style, or made of light cottons or silks, it can work for summer styles as well. Our bodice has the wide 2-piece sleeve common to the early 1860's. It is based on the standard 3-piece bodice, with 2 darts at the front and a curved side back seam. The front and side are also fitted with a "fish seam" at the waistline, to help smooth the fit over the hips.

The second is TV242 - 1863 Revere Skirt.  Revere styles skirt are shown in fashion plates from 1861 to 1864. The overskirt can be short, as in view A, or reaching to the hem, and any length in between. But in each case, theoverskirt is in panels, with the bottom corners flipped back to reveal a contrasting lining, and the skirt underneith. View A, with the 3 ruffles at the hem, is more suited for evening dresses, while View B with a single flounce is suited for both day and evening styles.

For an evening dress, the top skirt could be made of a sheer fabric or net, showing the
entire underskirt through the fabric. For winter, velvets, silks, or fine wools look nice. Or use silk or cotton prints, with solid-colored reveres and ruffle for a light and airy summer dress.

This pattern fits over both TV142 - 1856 Walking Cage Crinoline, and TV141- 1858
Round Cage Crinoline. The closure is in the center back, and the skirts are pleated to the
waistband. The flounces are gathered over a cord and sewn to the base skirt.



  09:00:00 pm, by Heather   , 170 words  
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.


  11:22:00 am, by Heather   , 210 words  
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.



  11:49:55 am, by Heather   , 471 words  
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.


  11:21:47 am, by Heather   , 119 words  
Categories: New Patterns

We have a new pattern for the Edwardian enthusiasts. Edwardian Underwear - TVE02.

This pattern includes a chemise with inserts at the neck, French circular drawers with 2 leg options, and a corset cover with ruffles. We have even included instruction on how to turn the corset cover and drawers into a combination.

Time to start practicing up on your heirloom sewing! And if anyone is looking for some fabulous cotton fabric, I found some beautiful combed lawn sold by the bolt at Dharma Trading Co.   They also had silk habotai, perfect for underwear.

Oh, need a pic...



I am hoping to get photos of the garments this weekend.  I will post them as soon as I do.

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