So,for three weeks before everyone else came back to school from winter break I took an interim class in costume construction...My college's fashion program is having a Victorian fashion ball in the spring and in my class we designed and made our ballgowns....
So my research lead me to this gown
the one the seated lady is wearing,I immediately fell in love with it, but since we weren't allowed to make a replica of any dresses we found in our research, I borrowed the colour scheme(teal and grey ftw!) and the points around the skirt, im really into angles at the moment
my rendering(really bad scan)
we worked from a period pattern which was...well, tiny
sized them up to fit, made mock ups out of an interfacing material
( i made the corset as well)
this was a little over a weeks worth of work
6 yards of ruffle
alot of hand ruching
alot of hand sewing trims together and onto the berthe
also alot of hand sewing 3 inch wide velvet ribbon on to 4 yards of skirt(about four hours worth of hand sewing to be exact)
but it was all worth it to get to this
there were six of us in the class
there should be more photos from the actual ball when it happens in April, and we are going to the a trustee luncheon all fancied up as living advertisement for the ball, yay!
I am extremely proud of what I accomplished, even though it made my brain want to melt from time to time, I couldn't be happier with the results...
but its still weird to see it as an actual garment, instead of only on paper.