In February I was commissioned to work on a rather exciting project – a set of 7 Victorian dresses, ranging from late 1860 to 1885, with a couple of sets of underwear.
The clothes will be used in a rather exciting venture – a set up photography studio where people can book a complete victorian make over – dress up in all the layers and have their photos taken by professional photographer, resulting in high quality photos of themselves transported into another century. What a cracking idea!
The budget limits and the target audience of the clothes meant taking a few shortcuts and freedoms – the client, in order to save time and money suggested using an overlocker on the inside seams and edges; petticoats sport elasticated bands to fit most sizes. Corsets will be mostly purchased online – a few suitable vendors were recommended, where the client can get cheap corset that will result in approximately silhuette, and which woudl be easily replaced with wear and tear.
after a few emails and sending over different pictures, I received a set of pictures I was to base the dresses on. The pictures were to serve as guidlines only: the aim was to reproduce the look and the feel within the budget specified for each garment.
I must say, that was a perfect solution for me – as it also allowed me to use my ideas and creativity – and in the end the client actually got a better deal out of it as i was using far more lace, nice buttons and quality trims etc simply because I enjoyed working with the items and was making sure they are pretty!
Even before we have signed the contract for the frock, the client bought the first Victorian gown I have ever made – my mother’s outfit for my Victorian wedding:-)
We have arranged for the undergrments to be made first and then each month i would complete 2 or 3 gowns,.
the first batch: the undergarments:
bustle cages and pads ( 2 cages and 3 pads altogether):
cotton petticoats – 2 flounced ones, one Natural Form era petticoat
The dresses were next.
1. a dress in green silk
2. A dress in black and gold silk
3. A polonaise
4. a Natural Form era dress in ivory and navy
5. 1885 walking dress
and the inevitable happened..
6. a dress in red velvet…
7. the same dress, but in black velvet, size 18
As a freebie, ii enclosed 2 hats – two boaters and 2 visiting, flashier ones.
Altogether, a very iinteresting commission that was a pleasure to work on – the client is very happy and we are currently discussing a similar order, for children’s clothing, also Victorian – so there may be a follow up!
The moment the studio starts thier Victorian make overs, will post a link here too:-)
Hope you have enjoyed lookign and the results of the work as much as i have enjoyed making them!