My first complete Victorian outfit

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My first complete Victorian outfit

Postby Sara P » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:29 am

Here are some pictures of my first complete outfit. It's a hoop era walking costume made in blue/gold/cream plaid upholstery material with gold moire cotton jacquard underbodice and skirt trimming. The undersleeves are separate and made of white cotton with lace around the cuffs. The bodice is made from TV 400 (because that's what I had on hand!) with many alterations to the hem, and the jacket is basically the same pattern but with the side, side back, and back seams drafted out. The underbodice/vest and jacket are sewn together at the armholes. The skirt is three straight panels with a knife pleated ruffle and a flat ruffle. The top plaid layer is actually separate up to the waist band to make the skirt easier to shorten and lengthen. The bonnet is my own pattern (last minute desperation for the win!)

Front:
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Side/back:
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My handsome escort:
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Bonnet close ups:
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Postby Miss Cindy » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:35 am

Your dress is beautiful! I really like the look of the bodice/jacket. And you did a marvelous job on color coordinating. You look great! :D
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Postby Erin » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:37 am

If you hadn't said it, I would never believe it was your first complete Victorian. It looks fantastic, the colors are wonderful, and how did you draft that bonnet pattern? I love the berries! Congrats on a fantastic ensemble!
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Postby Sara P » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:11 am

The brim of the bonnet is one of those old lady-style baseball caps with the flared bill from Wal-Mart. I used some pages from a Victorian costuming guide that a friend scanned for me to figure out what the other pieces should look like, then fooled around with some masking tape and the buckram for a bit :). I was under a huge time constraint for the bonnet so I just went with what I thought would work. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out :). I even remembered to trace the pieces so I could make another one!
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Postby Manon Antoinette » Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:37 pm

Job well done! A for effort and ingenuity!
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Postby Danibelle » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:24 pm

You look fantastic! Nice improv on the hat! Plaid rocks!
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