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« on: August 18, 2006 01:40:56 PM »

I'm doing my costuming for halloween very Victorian and I need help from someone who's ACTUALLY made victorian costumes before.

What I'm wanting is a Victorian walking dress and then I'm building a bustle to wear on the outside of the skirts that looks like a spider's abdomen. I'm just having problems with the dress part, what to wear, how to wear it, etc.

Can anyone help?
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006 08:30:48 PM »

I haven't made any Sad but I can't wait to see pix of what you'll make.  It's going to be crazy  Shocked

Maybe this will help... Full Directions for Making the Bodice [and Skirt] of a Walking-Dress, 1896
http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/articles/1896walkdressinst.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006 08:37:59 PM »

I've been looking at that site all day and I NEVER saw that link!

I'm definately going to have to try that, though I think I'm going to take a bit of POOF out of the sleaves.

What do ya think?
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2006 08:43:25 PM »

Ha!  Ya needed to look away for a second, you were staring at it for too long Wink

I don't like the poof that big, but they would be great for storing things in.  Ha Wink

I'm in love with this outfit, the design & the colors...I don't know if you'll like the outfit, but I know you'll love her parasol if you look closely  Smiley  http://www.dracinabox.com/victoutfit.htm
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2006 08:48:20 PM »

Oh, be sure to read this too... regarding their patterns, sizing & such http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/index.html

Then if ya go to the bottom there are more links for patterns.
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2006 08:56:12 PM »

Ha!  Ya needed to look away for a second, you were staring at it for too long Wink

I don't like the poof that big, but they would be great for storing things in.  Ha Wink

I'm in love with this outfit, the design & the colors...I don't know if you'll like the outfit, but I know you'll love her parasol if you look closely  Smiley  http://www.dracinabox.com/victoutfit.htm

AHHH How totally awsome. I've read a tutorial about making a parasol it'll be SUPER easy! and embroyder a little spider on it for fun!

I made a skirt like this petticoat out of a black crushed velvet. http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/w1872petticoat.html

I don't have a decent pic of it unfortunately because my camera hates me. I may make another petticoat like that to wear under my spider bustle, then I just have to worry about the top half (something like this one http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/pe187412wviolinbod.html)  and some kind of apron type addition like this: http://trulyvictorian.netfirms.com/catalog/303.html

I'm going to try to go with some kind of a dark, charcoal grey organza or silky something to make it shiney.
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2006 04:46:04 AM »

Wow!  You have to get a picture of the skirt!  Did you make that for this Halloween or for something else?

I like the apron as well!

It'll all look awesome with organza or something silky - I like the shiny little touches.  I think thats why I like the spiders on the parasol.

You'll be all dressed up...where to go?  Do you go to some of the places downtown?  An old coworker of mine & his wife go to a few of the places for the costume contests.  She usually dresses silly, but he goes all out with latex & and such.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2006 08:29:34 AM »

The plan is that there's about 30 of us dressing as Greek Gods, Goddesses, Hero/ines, and people of myth gone Goth and we're going to Outlands, the goth club in town. I don't know of another place to go.

I'm thinking I may have to buy fangs though. I'm going as Arachne, in Victorian Goth, and I want to carry some kind of spinning or weaving project with me that the bouncers won't think is a weapon.

Wow!  You have to get a picture of the skirt!  Did you make that for this Halloween or for something else?

I like the apron as well!

It'll all look awesome with organza or something silky - I like the shiny little touches.  I think thats why I like the spiders on the parasol.

You'll be all dressed up...where to go?  Do you go to some of the places downtown?  An old coworker of mine & his wife go to a few of the places for the costume contests.  She usually dresses silly, but he goes all out with latex & and such.
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2006 09:00:38 AM »

Yeah, Outlands!  That's where he goes & went for Halloween, too.  Smiley  I think the other places they went to were smaller bars that they frequent.  I have photos from his last year & maybe the year before... I think the year before he showed me the ones on their website maybe.  I'll have to dig 'em up.

Hmm... I'll have to think on the spinning/weaving project that would be bouncer friendly.  That's a tricky one!

I can't wait 'til your costume is done... photos, photos, photos!
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