Victorian Cotton Day Dress – Natural Form

Date Started: Sept. 18, 2011
Date Finished:
Patterns used: Truly Victorian TV221 – 1878 Tie-back Underskirt; TV422 – 1880 Dinner Bodice; TV303 – Side Drape Overskirt
Material used: 100% cotton print, poly/cotton broadcloth

September 20, 2011 – A new dress

We will be attending the Old West Festival in Williamsburg, OH this year on October 1st. As it is set in the 1870’s, that meant I had to have a new costume. I decided on a nice cotton day dress, in shades of blue. Something light weight, in case it’s really warm, and very washable, as it’s going to be dusty. For this costume, I am using the Truly Victorian patterns, again. I just love these patterns. I am making another 1880 Dinner bodice with 3/4 sleeves, a 1878 tie-back underskirt without the ruffle, and a Side Drape overskirt. For the fabric for the overskirt and bodice, I have chosen a pale blue fabric that has non-directional vines and leaves in a darker blue. For the underskirt and lining, I have picked a blue that matches the vines of the other fabric. I will be making top hat style hat for this costume. Now, let’s see if I can pull this off, along with the dress for Annie, and a shirt and vest for my husband. 😉

September 28, 2011 – All but done

After several marathon sewing sessions, I have my new Victorian outfit all but done. I have just finished the last of the flat bars for the eye hooks. I can’t wait to wear this costume. It turned out better than I expected. As always, the garments went together beautifully. This is my first time making TV303. This is, yet another, great Truly Victorian pattern. As with the other patterns, the instructions were clear and straight to the point. The pattern pieces are clearly marked and go together extremely well. I love the way it turned out. As for my bodice, I made it as per pattern, but have discovered that the tails can be smoothly, and easily, tucked up into the back of the bodice to show off the details of the back of the overskirt. All I can say at this point is that I love Truly Victorian patterns, and can’t wait to make more.

*please pardon the fan over my face. I wasn’t wearing makeup and my hair was a total wreck. 😉


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