Victorian Tea Party dress
Added May 17, 2011
As a Nancy Pena’s fan (french comic author), I needed to cosplay one of her emblematic characters…. And what better character than delightful and not so sweet Alice Barnes, young and enigmatic “demoiselle” of London’s good society.
It was my first attempt at historical costume sewing, and it turned out nice for a beginner’s dress! The dress is made of striped cotton poplin and striped black cotton for the underskirt. The “tea party” tie’s fabric has been especially printed for this project.
It was fun for a french sewer, used to the metric system, to trace old patterns in inches! Oh my! I will remember this for long!!! :) However, it was fun and not as difficult as it seemed at first! Of course I had to add a few inches here and there… hum! ^^
The hat is made of felt, buttons and feathers.
So, listen to my advice : if you ever want to make a victorian dress and go “oh no, it’s too difficult I’ll never make it!”, then stop thinking and go ahead sew!!! Try it! You could surprise yourself!
cotton poplin, cotton, felt (hat).