Victorian

Past Pattern 801 blue stripe dress by Kelina Lobo

Past Patterns #801, fan front bodice, 1844 – 1850s. – The skirt is big and fun, made with nine yards of cloth.

Retro way back to 1840 – 1860! A while back I made these two historically accurate reproductions of Victorian dresses. I used Saundra Ros Altman’s Past Patterns #702 and #801. Past Patterns’ tagline is “The Historical Pattern Company Dedicated to Accuracy” and it is true – Past Patterns always has excellent patterns with very informative and detailed construction notes and historic notes. I did not encounter any fitting issues with these two. None of these photos show these dresses with the correct accessories, so I really should go out and take some new photos.

-KL

You can find more information about Past Patterns below:

Past Patterns #801 – fan front bodice, 1844 – 1850s.   – According to Saundra Ros Altman’s Past Patterns, “This fan-front bodice and single skirt were fashionable between 1841 – 1847. It may also be worn as an 1850s gown because daguerreotypes abound of women wearing the fan-front bodice in the 1850s.”

Past Patterns #702 - 1850s – 1863 dart fitted bodice with full pagoda sleeves - According to Saundra Ros Altman’s Past Patterns, “…full pagoda sleeves [were] fashionable from the late 1850′s to 1863 …modified pagoda sleeves were popular from the late 1850′s though 1863.”

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Past Pattern 801 dress sewn by Kelina Lobo

Past Patterns #801, fan front bodice, 1844 – 1850s. – Why did I have to hold my arms over the fan front? The fan front turned out well, but unfortunately you can’t see it in this photo. I know, I know, the hairstyle is not historically accurate 1844 – 1850s, and only vaguely late 1860s in silhouette.

Past Pattern 702 pagoda by Kelina Lobo

Past Patterns #702, 1850s – 1863 dart fitted bodice with full pagoda sleeves – This bodice is nicely and accurately fitted, showing off a lovely hourglass figure, especially when viewed from behind, and it has the characteristic dropped shoulder seams.

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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!

Katrina

www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog

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