My plan up til about this past Tuesday was for a normal matching set of skirt, overskirt, and basque bodice, when the weather forecast of about 95F for Saturday seemed unwilling to budge - and my almost-finished high-necked, boned, lined, tight-fitting basque (all cotton, but still) didn't seem as appealing! (I think the heat index was around 100...hence my red face in most of the pictures!)
Originally I was inspired by an 1880-82 dress from Nancy Bradfield's Costume in Detail (p.245). I did end up traveling fairly far from that original (it's one piece and back-buttoning, which I prefer to avoid when I can!), but I kept my favorite part of it: the knife-pleated flounces at the hem, with the red cotton flounce just peeking out. I thought it was a fun touch! Everything was mostly sewn by machine, although I did hand finishings where it was necessary or too obvious to do machine stitching!
Underkirt: Made from the pattern pieces of the Truly Victorian natural form underskirt (TV221), although I think I put the ties in differently. (I haven't looked at the instructions in a couple years so I can't be sure!) Lining of green cotton, top fabric is beige-ground cotton print with little red and blue flowers, which only goes down to just below the flounces. I don't have any ideas that green cotton lining is very period, only I acquired a lot of it for $1.20/yd, so... Bottom flounce is bright red cotton. Tied back with one drawstring behind the knees, and one grosgrain tie just under the bum.
|Underskirt, inside out.|
|I find I've taken no progress pictures of the overskirt. Sorry!|
|Really really unflattering when worn untucked/alone!|
|My combinations have sleeves but my tank top that day didn't...|
|Nice hat tho.|
|Robin of SewLoud is responsible for a good part of these extremely flattering pictures of me. ;)|