The picture that inspired the dress was posted on Facebook somewhere and it immediately caught my eye – I adored the practical fabrics, I loved the colours, I even didn’t mind the bows so much.
I knew that sooner or later, I was going to make it. The whole story is already published on here, with the instructions how to replicate it , so now just the bare bones…
The outfit consists of a wool skirt, with velvet trim decoration, lined with cotton. Walking length as opposed to the trained one shown in the picture – the only concession to practicality.
Overdress in wool, lined with cotton, decorated with velvet trim, velvet buttons, velvet bows, and trimmed with rabbit fur.
Bodice in wool, lined in cotton, decorated with the usual ribbon and bow trims and fur edging. The false vest is made in silk taffeta and cotton lace.
The whole outfit is worn over the standard underpinnings of the era – petticoats, chemise, corset, bustle etc…
Hat in wool, velvet and marabou trim – the most experimenting was with its shape!