Anyone know the stress of trying to get multiple projects done before the deadline?? That’s me this month. Busy, busy little bee. So for today, a quick, short post to answer a question that was asked yesterday on the Facebook page.
Jacqui’s question: Hi Jennifer, do you know of a pattern that comes close to this jacket?
Build the dress with these suggestions:
Foundation Skirt: Start out with a good base for your bustle skirts. I think this skirt is perfect for the Truly Victorian 263. You can see the back is one piece (no overskirt) but is puffed up a bit around the full bustle shape. The TV263 has those awesome bournous pleats. Make up the skirt in a walking length – no train of course. If the TV263 challenges you to much, try the TV261-R. It’s basic and looks great in most any fabric, including a blue or purple wool for this outfit.
Overskirts: This is a bit tricky as there’s that straight piece coming out from her left hip and cutting straight across the front. Here I’d simply cut a rectangle the length you need then fit it to the waist around the front. No need to go beyond center front too far as you head towards the right hand side.
For the asymmetrical overskirt I’d say the Truly Victorian 382 – but swap the direction of the front panel and leave off the back panel.
The bodice is exemplary of the late 1880s fashions with it’s impeccable tailoring. Really, it can be done with a basic bodice shape that’s extended down around the hips and a shawl collar added. The Truly Victorian 460 can’t be beat for its ease of use and basic shaping. Cut the long even hip length and a shallow V at the center front neck opening. Add welt pockets for the extra touch.
For another option you could try Mantua Maker’s 1875-1890 Brandy City Bodice. Shape the front pieces and the back pleated area according to the fashion plate. And for a last ditch effort, go with a fitted coat pattern from Simplicity (#2446 and #8205 might work) and fit over the bustle undergarments, skirts and your corset.
Add a matching hat in deep indigo velveteen with the Truly Victorian 550 hat pattern. 😉
Let us know if you make this up! We LOVE to see what our followers make. 🙂