1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

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1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby cfilson » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:14 am

I spent the past three weeks making a dress for an outing-- my friends and I went to see "The Wolfman" last Friday in costume. Though the film is set in the early 1890s, we went with bustles. I used the TV 261 1885 Underskirt pattern along with original Victorian pattern diagrams from La Mode Illustree. The bodice pattern was from 1886--

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The assymetrical overskirt pattern was from 1887--

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It almost killed me, but turned out pretty well.

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Of course, the underskirt pattern was the easiest to make and turned out very well, was easy to fit.

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I flatlined the skirt with some heavy cotton broadcloth and did a "Hong Kong finish" on the seam allowances, then tacked them all down by hand. Used bias tape with horsehair braid inside for the hem, turned out very well.

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I was worried the skirt wouldn't be long enough over the big bustle I used, so I added some to the back hem but just ended up cutting off the extra as it turned out fine. I'll never doubt Truly Victorian again!

The best part is, I used curtains from Ross for the fabric.. Ha!

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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby Margriet » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:55 am

WOW this is sooooo beautiful !!!
I love it i love it !!!!!!
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby Miss Cindy » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:01 pm

Your dress is gorgeous! What a beautiful work of art! And you look absolutely wonderful!
How fun! I hope you enjoyed the show!
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby Rebecca » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:20 am

"pretty well" is an understatement - it turned out stunning!!!!!
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby katharine » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:13 am

I am speechless! A really beautiful dress! I envy your sewing abilities. :mrgreen:

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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby elensari » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:43 am

I love and adore this dress! The asymmetry is super-awesome. Good work, and fabulous fabric. You look wonderful. I love the idea of dressing up for a movie. Were the seats uncomfortable in a corset? Driving is evil. :)

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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby JP » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:33 pm

Wow, your dress is amazing and you look beautiful in it!! Love the buttons (is that what they are?) or metal closures you used on your bodice and on your skirt (could we maybe see a photo more up close?). The fabric is gorgeous too.
Fabulous.
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby shoomlah » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:26 pm

Hey! I'm a friend of Andrew's and I was gushing about your dress when I saw photos on facebook- I lovelovelove the fabric, it really brings the whole design together and makes for one hell of a statement. So much fun to see some of your process. :D

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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby cfilson » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:43 pm

shoomlah wrote:Hey! I'm a friend of Andrew's and I was gushing about your dress when I saw photos on facebook- I lovelovelove the fabric, it really brings the whole design together and makes for one hell of a statement. So much fun to see some of your process. :D

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Thank you! What a lovely compliment. xo
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby lady rose » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:44 pm

wow,wow,WOW!!....this is sooo beautiful!,and it looks so professional!..i absolutley love it!..you are the sewing goddess!....i give you 100 pionts on creativity and ingenuity!,i would never have thought of using curtains for the fabric!..i just would have bought $$ fabric!.thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful creation!..i want too create someday the mouring outfit emily wore in the funeral prosession scene from the the wolfman..again thanks for the pictures!. :D :!:
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby lady rose » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:55 pm

oh one more thing! i forgot to ask you!, were did you get these pattern diagrams from for the outfit?.thanks! :wink: :D
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Re: 1886/1887 "Wolfman" Dress

Postby cfilson » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:59 pm

Thank you! Sometimes I see fabric somewhere, curtains or otherwise, and I just get an idea..

I found the pattern diagrams on ebay, from this seller--

http://stores.ebay.com/AU-FIL-DU-TEMPS

I have successfully ordered from her many times. Good luck!

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