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« on: November 25, 2011 12:17:48 PM »

I made this for a version of A Christmas Carol that a local improv theatre is putting on.  There is next to no budget, and I had the task of turning a black zip-up house coat (with a v-neck) into a Victorian dress.

I'll post the brief tutorial that I put on my blog - I apologize that it is pretty sarcastic, but my blog attempts to be funny.  It is for an improv theatre, after all Smiley

Ever wonder how to turn a Mrs. Roper style (zip-up) robe into a Victorian dress?  Well, it's your lucky day!

1. First, make sure your robe is black.  They weren't too crazy about colours back then.  If you don't have one... then this might cost you more than $3.  I can't help that.  It's your own fault.

2. Go to Value Village and find a high-necked blouse for $3.  It's a plus if it already has some lacy bits.

3. Rummage around in your drawers (ooooh) for some extra lace.  Remember #1?  If you don't have any IT'S YOUR FAULT NOT MINE.

4. Sew (or glue I suppose if you're lazy) extra lace to the neck so that it's sticking up-like.  I did 2 rows to make it extra pouffy.

5. Stick the blouse on your dressmaker's dummy (or husband) and cut it so that it... it... just look at the photo and you'll get the idea of the shape you need.

6. Sew/glue more lace to the raw edges.

7. I added a ribbon around the neck and a cheap costume jewelry cameo pendant.  YOU CAN TOO.

Et voil... $3* Victorian Dress!  (*if you have the stuff already and find a cheap blouse)

PS - you have to wear the collar over top of the robe.  I didn't mention it because I thought it was obvious, but there's a chance that you're stupid, and stupid people deserve to dress Victorian on a budget too.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011 12:48:24 PM »

An excellent idea.

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011 01:02:05 PM »

What a beaut!  Fine work Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011 01:03:34 PM »

ooh! It's so pretty!

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2011 01:18:38 PM »

This looks great!

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011 02:19:44 PM »

that is absolutely lovely!

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011 03:34:13 PM »

BWAHAHA! I <3 your sarcasm Cheesy I'm sure it's better in the context of your blog. Speaking of which, you should put a link to it in your signature! Then we can enjoy all the theatrical/crafty snarkiness we can handle Cheesy

As for the collar, LOVE! It turned out great considering it's all stash and a cheapo blouse! Must pin this...

« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011 02:53:01 PM »

Thanks for sharing  Smiley

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