Victorian Commission part 2: Kiddies’ stuff!

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  Following the first part of that exciting commission, when 7 Victorian outfits from 1865-1885 were made, a follow up order for children’s clothing was placed. Once again i was delighted to be working on the project – especially, since just like with the first one,  apart from generic guidelines, I had more or less free rein as far as the embellishment etc was concerned.  Basic parameters established – size ( age), cut, inspiration pictures, fabrics etc – it was time to get sewing!

 btw – I also did some research,and learnt a lot – one of the best sites was this one – http://www.victorianlondon.org/cassells/cassells-15.htm – with lots of original text outlining the children’s clothes, notes ad pictures  and other useful info – recommended!

1. a dress for a 3-4 year old girl, in cream moire, with a petticoat in cotton and a pair of bloomers – all with the same lace. the undergarments would also go with the next dress

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the undies!

the detail of the fabric and the pintucks – pintucks were perfect fr adapting the skirts as the girl grew – you simply undid them. Flounces  and other decorative items were often used to cover the seams where a skirt had a panel added to lengthen it – very clever:-)

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 I was lucky enough to secure a model for this dress as well – a bit too young, so the skirt is a tad too long and the bodice too big, but little Cobi’s debut as a model was a success!

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2. a dress for a 5-6 year old, in blue/grey cotton with blue silk taffeta decoration – loosely based on the picture:

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and the rendition:

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3. a dress for a 7-8 year old girl, in pink and navy silks to match the 1885 adult costume

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the inspiration picture for the girl’s dress:

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and the result:

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dummy too big – so not buttoned up to the end! 😦

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side view, with the little bustle at the back:-)

and the undergarments for this dress and the next – another pair of bloomers and a petticoat

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  the next 3 dresses were based on the frocks in this picture:

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4 – a dress for a 9-10 y.o. – a summer affair in lawn with velvet ribbon decoration – and interpretation of the  outfit on the left.

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worn on the bloomers and petticoat shown before

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5. a dress for a  11-12 y.o – in green cotton, with navy velvek and checj ribbons,  inspired by the dress of the other standing girl, on the right.

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the dummy is getting too small now..

this dress  will form a match to the adult dress in similar colour:

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6. and the last one,  for a 13-14 year old – inspired by the sitting girl. A polonaise in black velvet with contrasting skirt, decorated with ribbons and antique lace. Again, note the pin tucks and the velvet guard ( and the dagged trim in the original) – all clever devices to allow for lengthening the skirts:-). forgive the quality of the pics – had a bran new phone and was still trying to get to grips with the camera! 😦

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 underneath there was another petticoat, much more suited to the Natural Form era, and closely mimicking the styles of a grown up lingerie:_)

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this particular frock was a match from this, a bit later, adult dress:

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 Altogether, an immensely enjoyable  and at the same time educational commission – cannot wait for the pictures from the studio – will be great to see them being worn by mothers and daughters! 🙂

Victorian Commission

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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:-)

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Mother of the Bride outfit in silk brocade and taffeta

  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):

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steel boned bustle cages, decorated with lace

 
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one of the pads

 

cotton petticoats – 2 flounced ones, one Natural Form era petticoat

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2 flounced petticoats worn on the bustle cages

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Natural Form slim petticoat with lace and pintucks, worn on a pad

The dresses were next.

1. a dress in green silk

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inspiration photo…

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the rendition – in green silk, detachable lace cuss and optional belt. size 14

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2. A dress in black and gold silk

 

 

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black silk satin, gold taffeta, gold antique braid. size 12, so could try it on!

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3. A polonaise

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polonaise – the client requested cream instead of navy, and lace

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skirt in silk taffeta, with lace overlay, polonaise in cream silk brocade, size 14

 

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back unbustled

 

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or bustled up

 

4. a Natural Form era dress in ivory and navy

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the inspiration

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rendition – silk taffeta in ivory and blue, size 14

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too big, but had to try it on!

 

5. 1885 walking dress

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the inspiration

 
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rendition_ silk velvet and ivory brocade with pink pattern. size 12

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and the inevitable happened..

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6. a dress in red velvet…

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the inspiration

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red velvet, cream moire skirt, white lace

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7. the same dress, but in black velvet, size 18

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black velvet, white satin skirt,

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 As a freebie, ii enclosed 2 hats – two boaters and 2 visiting, flashier ones.

 the boaters:

 

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  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!