1887 Mourning Dress

Patterns to be used: TV261-R 1885 Four-Gore Underskirt, TV364 1886 Autumn Overskirt, TV466 1887 Alexandra Bodice, & TV550 1880s Buckram Hat Frame
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January 10, 2016 – And so it begins…..

For several years I have been wanting to make a mourning costume. My first thoughts were to make Civil War/Antebellum dress, after I made a few others from that era. But, when I recently started thinking of making one, I was leaning more toward Victorian or Edwardian. While Edwardian appealed to me, a Victorian Mourning costume seemed to have more potential to me. Once I had settled on Victorian, it was a question of which section of the Victorian era. Did I want an Early Bustle, Natural Form, or Late Bustle? I did a little searching on Pinterest, and then did a little window shopping on Truly Victorian, and finally settled on Late Bustle. So, I now have all of my patterns picked out, I just need to start buying them. lol. As far as the rest of the design, I looked up Victorian Mourning customs, and found that they didn’t do a their normal embellishments. The fabric is non-reflective, there is no beading or lace, and any trim is basic black, non-reflective, and usually crape. Next is the quest for fabric and basic trim.