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1890's walking suit dress costume

Added Oct 15, 2011

by klassykate

Phoenix, Arizona...






A Victorian suit dress for a character in a Sherlock Holmes high school play. I used the Simplicity 4156 pattern. the pattern was originally a 1895 dress with the leg o’ mutton sleeves, but I changed the sleeves to give it an earlier feel of about 1890. This was one of my favorite costumes I’ve sewn! The blue fabric is a drapery fabric and I recycled the cream fabric from a man’s button down shirt. The front closes with hooks and eyes and snaps at the collar. It also has about 10 pieces of boning throughout the top, sewn inside the lining. (The dress fits the actress much better than my mannequin)




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Sep 3, 2017, 03.56 PMby lavieestbelle

    That is exactly what I would like to do ;)

    Could you give me some tips on how you change the pattern. (Skirt especially)

    I’m novice, never done it before, but I’m willing to learn ;)

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    Nov 22, 2016, 02.35 PMby Mel Lyle

    how can i get this pattern? its perfect

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    Jan 22, 2012, 03.26 PMby Smiley100

    That’S sooo beautiful! WoW!!!

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    Oct 30, 2011, 04.30 PMby tirrs


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    Oct 20, 2011, 08.18 PMby vivaladiy

    Wow, very impressive, simply stunning!!

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    Oct 17, 2011, 07.30 PMby Pauline Pepsi

    beautiful love it

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    Oct 17, 2011, 05.26 PMby domestic-divaonline

    An ambitious project and a wonderful outcome!

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    Oct 17, 2011, 04.21 PMby sunintheclouds

    Just gorgeous, love the colors, love everything about it!

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    Oct 17, 2011, 03.27 AMby kaitiek

    i am in awe of your talents.

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    Oct 16, 2011, 07.24 PMby sophielophie

    This is stunning! I’m blown away..

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    Oct 16, 2011, 04.33 PMby claudinka

    This is just amazing! You can be very proud of you, I wish I was able to sew something like that. And… I would also like to wear something like that one day, just to see what it feels and looks like on me.

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    Oct 16, 2011, 03.17 PMby sewingqueen-1

    Congratulations on a beautiful and beautifully made costume. I’m sure it helped the actress get into her character. Did she also wear period undergarments?

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      Oct 16, 2011, 08.23 PMby klassykate

      No, I didn’t have the time or the budget this semester to sew corsets =(
      Someday I would like to though!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 03.21 AMby gaviccaabri

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! You are so humble!! “Difficulty: Intermediate”. That is beautiful, awesome, cool, perfect and any other great adjective you can think of!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 09.27 PMby CationDesigns

    That costume is amazing! Thank you for showing the hooks and eyes and snaps details on the jacket. I also love that peplum!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 04.05 PMby jennidash

    gorgeous! I make a lot of period clothing and am jealous of your talent! The colour is beautiful. Simplicity have some nice patterns but if you like period clothing amazon have the victorian modiste and the edwardian modiste. these books have original patterns for you to draft and are easy to alter or do your own variations of. Useful if you need to dress men, women and children and works out cheaper than buying lots of patterns. ;)

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    Oct 15, 2011, 03.30 PMby LimeSoda

    Well done! ;-0

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    Oct 15, 2011, 03.23 PMby LadyDanburry

    The box pleats on the jacket are my favorite part.

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    Oct 15, 2011, 02.29 PMby kelepso

    Very cool; with loads of craftsmenship.

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    Oct 15, 2011, 01.07 PMby lyrameneses

    Beautiful and amazing!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 12.57 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    That’s lovely! I’d be tempted to wear that jacket with trousers! ;)

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    Oct 15, 2011, 12.51 PMby kerstika

    Wow, this dress is absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 12.26 PMby sarahfbr

    I love it, it’s fab!! The colour is amazing and the make looks perfect.

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    Oct 15, 2011, 12.15 PMby milkyway

    OMG this is so gorgeous, I could use the jacket pattern for making one in suede or leather and wearing it with a pair of jeans… amazing, I will get that pattern. Your work is impecable! love the color well done!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 10.42 AMby bingohalle

    Amazing! Wonderful!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 09.41 AMby sewingfan1

    Really beautiful, choice of colours, fabric, everything! You could get away with wearing the blouse as a non costume item too! I’d wear it with jeans for sure :-)

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    Oct 15, 2011, 09.32 AMby loulourosa

    this is a beatifull costume, it’s verry well made, with hooks and eyes and everything! I also like the idea of using the shirt for the blouse!!!! One can do so much with a mens shirt! I once made a beautifull embroideried blouse with an old shirt of my father,…..

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    Oct 15, 2011, 06.55 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Wow, this costume is truly amazing! I’m blown away by your talent, well done. No wonder it’s your favourite and it sounds like you enjoyed creating it as well. Ah, how women used to dress back then ;)

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