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mourning gown Photo by Steven Shaw. Model was Madelaine Pavey.
mourning gown mourning gown

mourning gown

 

YWU comp logo EXPERIENCED wMost of my costuming is for wearing at balls or dance displays. I was asked to make this 1850s mourning gown to go on display at the Sexton Cottage Museum in North Sydney.  I found a black mourning dress at the Powerhouse Museum worn by Amelia Hackney in Sydney in the 1850s/1860s and based my dress on hers, using the same measurements. Though I chose a heavy duchess silk satin I wanted to make the front different and chose a fan-front design. Most of the stitching was by hand, with the sewing machine used for skirt seams only. For most of this project I felt very sad - it was hard at times to make myself finish it.

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melbirith
The pleating is gorgeous. Such a beautiful effect.
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aylwen
Thank you - I love these pleats. Its so nice that they are in different eras, too.
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romanticmedicine
Last edited on 22.02.2015 15:22 by Susanna Antonsson
Ah, lovely picture, with the light playing among the leaves and glittering in your dress! Like a painting.
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aylwen
Steven took such a lovely photo - it was immediately after a shower of rain.
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hannahsuthers91
Cartridge pleats are a beautiful feature :)
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aylwen
They're my favourite, I love them :)
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pollyanna
Aylwen, this is beautiful. You've found a satin that seems to have just the right weight and gloss as an original Victorian fabric and so it drapes and moulds perfectly. I am really impressed with all the pleating in the skirt waistband and the front of the bodice. It shows you have excellent costuming skills - you deserve to be really proud of this recreation.
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aylwen
Thank you! The silk was so heavy and creaky, too.
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aylwen
I'd like to thank my photographer
I'd like to thank Steven Shaw for taking the lovely photo of Madelaine P. wearing my dress in my back garden. I made the dress to match the original measurements and Madelaine was a close fit.

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