My Edwardian Movie Costume

by Edelweiss Patterns on February 19, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1910s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

Hello Ladies!

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!

Over the last month or so I wrote about how I constructed the bodice,  designed the sleeves, whipped up the skirt, and finally wore this costume for an all-out Edwardian photo shoot!

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.

I wish I could dress like this every day...

Happy sewing!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Parismegs February 20, 2012 at 6:18 am

You look exactly as a “bosom” friend should :-)

Your post was instantly recognisable to me – “Anne of GG” is one of my most favourite films of all time – and your dress is divine!


Lizzy February 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

WOW!!! great job!


LollyWillowes February 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I’m an Anne fan alright! Lovely job.


donna bowen April 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

i need anne and dianas pinaforesss! a square , plain one for anne and a round, lace or ruffled one for diana! can u help me? with a pattern? just the yoke?


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