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Truly Victorian Ballgown Bodice

Mock-up for my ballgown bodice.

I am making a ballgown for a masquerade put on by my friend on the 13th of October and I thought It would be a great opportunity to try out Truly Victorian’s patterns as I’ve heard wonderful things about them.  I am so so glad I did! Excluding a bit of adjustment on the shoulder seam, the pattern fits perfectly! I have NEVER had a pattern fit like that without adjustments. It doesn’t fit my dressform as well as it fits myself, I need to use American Duchess’s wonderful idea of making her a bit more endowed, might do that today actually.


Boning taped in with duct-tape.

I just taped the boning in to the mock-up and even as is, it’s a really good fit. I used Store House 24″ heavy duty cable ties sold at Harbor Freight and they are fantastic! So much better than the silly plastic boning sold at fabric stores.


I feel really productive this weekend, I’ve almost completely finished the underdress for Merida and my ballgown is nearly complete!



Okay, so now that I’ve finished the medieval gown that has consumed much of my spring time and now Finals week is rearing it’s terrible head, but that being said, I am going crazy with a sewing project. (excluding commissions and sewing projects for others. It’s just completely different to sew entirely for yourself.) Also I will be posting pictures of the medieval gown as soon as I can get some nice ones taken. It just doesn’t do the dress justice on a dress form.

Here’s the deal, I don’t know what to do next, but I’ve got a couple options open.

1. .Steampunk ensemble (I’ve got many of them in the works, but this one in particular.) Also pardon my terrible drawing.

Cropped Jacket, Distressed silk skirt

2. The typical Cranach style gown I posted about a while back.

Or basically any of the gowns Cranach painted... They're all pretty similar.

3. I’ve got 8 yards of rusty red taffeta, which is supposed to be an 1840’s gown.

4. The Hobbit movie is coming out in December, and as a rabid Tolkien fan, it’s almost obligatory to fantasize about making an ensemble based on the movies/book. That being said, I’m only short enough to be a hobbit, and they don’t have pretty dresses. 🙂


Any suggestions?

I’m so Scottish I bleed plaid…

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite holiday. I am, however, not the least bit Irish, but I am so Scottish I bleed plaid.. (It’s a family joke, excluding one poor mistaken Norwegian, our lineage is entirely Scottish)

So in honor of my fellow Celts, here’s a couple of my favorite plaid dresses from the interwebs. I tried to find a picture of a dress with the Mackenzie tartan, but it was all for naught. Ah well.

I pulled all of these from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Website. I love searching the collections.

1855, American. Silk

1850=1855, American. Silk, Cotton

1860's American. Wool, cotton and silk

Dream Dress

So I know this sounds crazy since I’ve already got several other dresses already lined up in the near future:

  • 1860’s day dress for my friend in green silk
  • An 1863 Zouave ensemble for my little sister – christmas present so it’s gotta get done soon
  • An 1860’s or 1880’s dress for me in either brown or raspberry silk yet to be determined
  • A Robe a la Anglaise for my friend – same friend as above to go with her American Duchess Georgiana Silk Shoes
  • Apparently I’m making 17th Century ensembles for my friends this year – preferably before Halloween although I don’t know where they would wear them
  • A 15th century dress in there somewhere as well

But!!!!! I really really really want to make this dress.

Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist (Lucas Cranach the Elder, ca.1530s)


Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m a little afraid of the slashed sleeves and all of the details on the sleeves, but it’s the skirt that I absolutely love. Did I ever mention I love pleated skirts? Well I do. And this one is fabulous.

One day in the future I’ll make this dress, but until then, I’ll have to settle for all of the Victorian styles I’m currently sewing.



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