Truly Victorian Pattern Reviews

I have wanted to purchase some of these patterns for a couple of years, and I finally got my chance. I really like that the patterns are printed on white bond paper. The pattern pages are very easy to fold back in place (a very large plus in my book), and they are packed in to zip lock style bags to help protect them from moisture, which is a good thing when you have a cat that loves to tip cups (like I do). The pattern comes in a wide variety of sizes, and each size is clearly marked. The sewing instructions are simple, to the point, extremely easy to follow, and are formatted step by step (just don’t think to save time and skip ahead, I learned my lesson on that one, lol). I will be purchasing more patterns for future use.

Patterns listed in numerical order.

TV101 – Petticoat with Wire Bustle

Coming soon!

TV170 – Victorian Petticoat

Highly Recommended

TV170 offers 4 styles of Victorian petticoats, allowing the pattern to be used across virtually all the fashion changes during the Victorian Era.  I used View 2, the Natural Form version. This pattern was spot on. The instructions were easy to follow, and the garment went together like a breeze. There were no sizing issues. I was able to construct this garment in a days time. I enjoyed making the garment, especially the half inch pintucks on the lower back panels. The only thing I had an issue with was the ruffle at the bottom, but that is a personal issue, as I prefer to pleat rather than gather.

For more information on the garment in the photo above, please visit the project page for Victorian Undergarments.

TV221 – 1878 Tie-back Underskirt

Highly Recommended

This is another nice pattern from Truly Victorian. This pattern offers 2 views, one with ruffle and one without. I chose to make the view with the ruffle. The pieces are clearly marked, and go together easily. The directions, as before, were very clear and precise. The only thing I had an issue with is the ruffle at the bottom of the skirt. The instructions for the pattern piece states to cut 5 on the fold, sew together in a big loop, and either gather or pleat to the skirt, matching the hem line of the ruffle to the hem line of the skirt. As I wanted to pleat the ruffle, it did not match up, no matter how large or small I made the pleats, or how far apart I placed them. My fix for this was to cut another panel, and use the stripes on my fabric as a guide for the pleating.

For more information on the garment in the photo above, please visit the project page for Victorian Tipsy Tea Ensemble.

TV261R – 1885 Four-Gored Underskirt

Coming soon!

TV324 – 1878 Long Drape Overskirt

Highly Recommended

Truly Victorian has delivered another nice pattern. It is simplicistic in its design and construction, but comes out looking gorgeous.  The pattern pieces are clearly marked, and the instructions are clear and precise. I chose not to add any trim to my overskirt, as the fabric is striped, and it showcases the pleats on my underskirt very well. I was able to make this in just an afternoon.

For more information on the garment in the photo above, please visit the project page for Victorian Tipsy Tea Ensemble.

TV364 – 1886 Autumn Overskirt

Coming soon!

TV422 – 1881 Dinner Bodice

Highly Recommended

In my book, this is another winner of a pattern. The sizing is spot on, so much so, that I was actually able to make one for Angie with only her basic measurements, as we live more than 70 miles apart. The bodice went together like a dream. I loved the boning technique given. This pattern is offered with three sleeve length options, and an optional stand up, half collar. I can honestly say that I enjoyed making this bodice. The picture to the left, shows the bodice during the construction phase. Once finished, I added 6 – 3/4″ buttons down the back, covered in red satin.

For more information on the garment in the photo above, please visit the project page for Victorian Tipsy Tea Ensemble.

TV462 – 1883 Tail Bodice

Coming soon!

TV466 – 1887 Alexandra Bodice

Coming soon!

TVE13 – 1913 Late Edwardian Corset

Coming soon!

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