I haven’t exactly been secretive about my wish to make another Victorian dress I believe. I’ve just now finished it! The dress that is…
I have no occasion planned (yet) for wearing this, the reason I made it was just purely because I wanted to. Seeing as a dress like this requires quite a lot of fabric, and as I did not at that moment have so much money to spend on it, I needed to find some fabric at a reasonable price. My mom and I went to this store where I have found good cheap fabric before, but when we came there we discovered that they had long stopped selling it! I was terribly disappointed and was just about to rush angrily out the door again when we saw these bed sheets that were on sale… 100% cotton, many different colors, at very good prices. My disappointment was instantly turned to delight and I must say that I have never before felt so excited over bed sheets!
The color of the material I chose was a very pretty blue. And that blue reminded me very much of a dress that Bella Wilfer wears in the BBC series Our Mutual Friend. It is a dress that I really like, and seeing as the color was so similar I decided to make something in that style.
Here is Bella’s dress:
And here is my version of it:
Here is a closer picture where you can see the ruffle thing around the neckline better. As well as my darling Prinsen! 🙂
It’s not exactly the same of course, but I did use that dress as my inspiration. As for patterns I had a couple of different patterns that I used, for the base of the dress if you will, and then added my own touches and alterations to it. The patterns I used were one from Truly Victorian and the other was some old costume pattern that I had lying around.
I didn’t have any real problems with this dress. It took some time to make, but I was ok with that because I had said to myself that I would let it take whatever time it needed, so I could make it as neatly as I could. Believe me, I sometimes get really impatient when I sew! So I let it take time. I even went so far as to attach a long ribbon on the inside of the skirt just to cover the unattractive ruffle seam. I had to do that by hand and since the skirt is something like 4.5 meters around and I had to do that length twice, it took time… 😛 But it was fine since I could do that at the same time as I was watching the World Cup. 😉 And I am glad I took that extra time, because like I said, I’m very pleased with it!
Getting the hooks and eyes to work properly was a little bit challenging. I seem to always have trouble with those. But I think I got it to work ok in the end.
Closer view of sleeve details. The lace I used is some “Nottingham Lace” that I bought when we were in Nottingham a couple of years back. It was two pieces that were made to go round the neck, but I always sort of wanted to use them for sleeves. So that’s what I did. It wasn’t quite long enough, but I think it works ok. Buttons are covered in same fabric as the rest of the dress.
View of the back.
As for the historical accuracy of this dress I don’t know if it is all true to the time. For example I haven’t really been able to find any sleeves like these in a dress like this one in any pictures or fashion plates that I have seen (my research has not been the thoroughest however and I do not claim to be an expert), but I went for the look of the dress in the film rather this time. And I must say that the “poofy” sleeves that you find on most of the dresses from this time don’t really appeal to me so much…
Here is yet another close-up where you can see the lace better.
Once again my dear sister Viktoria helped me with the photos. Thanks Toy!
Boring book? ;P
Thanks for looking!