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1880's Victorian Dress, made with Burda pattern 7880

Added Oct 27, 2012

by Judy vanHaas...

Abbotsford, Canada






I am in love with the Victorian Era of fashions, I have collection about 500 images of Victorian fashion plates, I decided I needed to sew myself a Victorian outfit, even though I have no where to wear it.

Material Notes

The Bodice and Overskirt is made from Burgandy Embroidered Poly Taffeta. The underskirt is made from Two Tone Black Poly Taffeta. There is about 10 yards of double layered organza ribbon lace on the skirt, as well as on the bodice front and sleeves.

In my description, I forgot to mention that there are 3 rows of Pleats, each row is 7" tall, and each row of Pleats requires 7 widths of fabric x 7" tall. Eg: my fabric was 60" wide, so I cut and sewed end to end 7 pieces of fabric, 60″ × 7″, then pressed and roll hemmed one long edge, I then pleated by hand with pins and an iron, (I have since made a pleater board to speed this process up) after I pleated them I surged the top edge to hold the pleats and finish the edges as Taffeta frays badly.




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    Jul 27, 2015, 12.51 PMby MrsIngleby

    Hi love the costume. I purchased a paper copy of this pattern Burda 7880 on line from an e bay seller – with regrets as they have not responded to my e mails. I’ve no instructions for the skirt and overskirt. I’m really stumped how it all fits together, especially where the back yoke fits, and even where the skirt opening is – is there a zip?

    I am desparate for help on this project. Hoping you can be the one to help me please?

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    Oct 3, 2014, 03.18 AMby KIMAIS

    I just purchased the pattern and will make it for a steampunk event and the 2767 for my husband. Love how your skirt turned out – looks way better than the suggested plain skirt in the pattern. I might add a row of pleats on the bottom for mine or more depending on what fabric I find for a good price. With the bustled overskirt – I guess you can bustle it up more or less like you want, right? it does not look so great in the picture on the pattern envelope. Did you do it with rings and ribbon?

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    May 20, 2014, 03.11 PMby Judy vanHaasster

    Thank you for all the lovely comments, I did get to wear this dress, I felt so beautiful. I actually wore it twice now to work on Halloween. I worked for Fabricland in Chilliwack and received many wonderful comments from staff and Customers

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    Sep 17, 2013, 04.48 PMby Jenilovesshoes

    Omg I absolutely love this dress. I’ve made a few Victorian outfits because I love the period but nothing that compares to this. I’ve just purchased the pattern which is how I found your pictures. What inspiration I would be delighted if I could create an outfit half as good. Well done you.

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    Apr 2, 2013, 06.53 AMby lyrameneses

    I love it! I love it!

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    Oct 29, 2012, 04.22 PMby blueartisan

    Absolutely stunning, great work! I’ve done some Victorian dresses for myself and friends for Steampunk use, I tend to like the Victorian lady look the most. I can see a lot of hours and work went into this. I hope you get the chance to wear it one day, perhaps to a show or the Opera?

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    Oct 29, 2012, 12.04 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    beautiful! your going to have to find youself a fair to run along to in costume!

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    Oct 28, 2012, 04.30 AMby Couture Academic

    Absolutely amazing work – your attention to detail is inspiring :) I really love the fact that you made this with ‘no where to wear it’…this has been a goal of mine for a while now and you’ve inspired me to start thinking seriously about what my ‘dream dress’ will be. When you do wear it, please let us know where you wore it to and how awesome you felt wearing it! :)

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    Oct 27, 2012, 10.56 PMby Jelena Mitic

    Absolutely stunning! Great job, very neat; I admire your patience and enthusiasm!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 06.18 PMby Mary Athey

    This is a totally stunning dress and wow on the dressmaking. i looooooove this x

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