If any of you have ever watched the “Anne of Green Gables” series, you probably fell in love with the costumes immediately! I know that was certainly the case in my own life, when watching the breathtaking film launched me into historical costuming many years ago.
So as a tribute to the movie that got me started in sewing costumes in the first place, I recently reproduced the pink traveling gown that Diana Barry wore as her “going away” dress after her wedding (in Anne of Avonlea). I tried to do everything as authentically as possible, and I used a variety of patterns to create this design. The fabric was a peachy-pink bengaline moire’. (“Moire” just means any fabric with an intentional watermark on it.)
- The bodice reminds me of a butterfly!
- Any accomplished lady in 1902 would have enjoyed playing the piano!
I absolutely loved sewing this gown, and incorporated lots of hand sewing with all the antique lace and button-up cuffs. I wore an embroidered petticoat for fullness in the skirt, and finished off the outfit with a pair of lace-up Victorian boots. I even found a gold and pearl necklace which is remarkably like the original necklace shown in the film.
- Trained skirts are so very elegant to wear!
I hope you enjoy the photos, and you can see more pictures of the finished gown here.