|Left to Right: me, Oscar, Debbie, and Jane|
The general theme was late Victorian, but that encompasses quite a spread. It was serendipity that we all arrived in 1870s bustle gowns. We even had a gentleman accessory, Oscar:
There were Tavistock boots present:
It was a very fun day, and the museum-goers, both the students and general lunching public, were tickled by our attire (which I always enjoy).
I wore an old costume - a day bodice with a taffeta skirt - and once again the thing didn't fit. Luckily, thanks to Victorian ingenuity, I can let the darts out of the bodice and not have to sell it (because I really quite like it!). However, I was inspired to begin in earnest on my 1879 ensemble, which I now have precisely 13 days to complete (eek!) Here's my progress so far:
It sure doesn't look like much. I put the foundation skirt together the same way as my Green Acres Gown skirt, using Truly Victorian TV 261, but leaving the back panel long, and slicing a godet into it. All of the piecing and stitching will be covered in the deep pleat guard going on next.
The fabric turned out to be splendid. It was a $3/yard cotton/silk blend (mostly cotton), marked as "dupioni" but resembling it not at all. It's more like a crisper sateen, and has the sheen of a taffeta, but the drape and ease-of-sewing of a cotton. I *love* it.
I'm trimming in brown bias, various widths, with a vague nod to this gown:
|Via Museum at FIT|