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Military Victorian suit

Added Jul 12, 2011

by alyb

London, United K...






i love the idea of historic garments made from the “wrong” fabric and I love camouflage/military styles, so I decided to combine the two!
I used a Truly Victorian pattern for the bodice and the overskirt but altered the bodice so that I could wear it without a corset – much as I love corsetry, this outfit was to wear to a festival, so comfort was the order of the day!
The skirt is a modern day fishtail pattern but I felt it was a bit saggy by itself, so I made a fishtail underskirt to wear with it.

Material Notes

camouflage cotton, dupion silk, lots of russian braid and bullion fringe




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita, Military, Other, Steampunk, Victorian
Cotton, Silk

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    Jul 16, 2011, 11.38 PMby flowergirl22

    i forgot to say the little hat is so sweet

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      Jul 19, 2011, 09.46 AMby alyb

      Thanks. The hat was made to order for me by Veil of Visions (I supplied the fabric and asked her to think of something to make with it!)
      I’d always wanted one of her mini tricorns, even if that is another historical era added to the mix!

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    Jul 16, 2011, 11.37 PMby flowergirl22

    i do agree with ladykatza.. for the fisrt few seconds even after a second glims,, this piece visually does not do much for the eye,, but when you keep looking at it ,, and go further i think its stunning,, duits you and has great impact ,,,

    is this for any occation ??

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      Jul 19, 2011, 09.42 AMby alyb

      It was mainly to wear at Wave Gotik Treffen, a gothic festival in Leipzig. I love victorian/gothic clothing but my music taste contrasts with that (being more into noisy electronic stuff!, where people tend not to dress up so much), so I like to make outfits which are dressed up but still not too out of place at an industrial electronic gig!
      I also plan to make some steampunk accessories to wear it for steampunk events too.

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    Jul 13, 2011, 02.44 PMby cquinn13

    absolutely amazing! i love it!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.33 PMby alyb


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    Jul 13, 2011, 04.28 AMby ladykatza

    Ok, first off, let me say that your construction is amazing and you did a great job. But the fabric is playing with my brain. It says “DOES NOT COMPUTE”. Though, I love this reaction to things, so that’s not a bad thing.

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.27 PMby alyb

      LOL! At Leipzig last year I saw a lady wearing a victorian gown made entirely out of tigerprint fabric, it was so “wrong” that it gave me the idea to make a dress out of an inappropriate fabric (plus i had lots of camo fabric, just waiting for a project!)

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    Jul 13, 2011, 04.00 AMby sew4my3

    Love your originality and it looks absolutely fantastic!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.29 PMby alyb

      Thanks! :-)

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    Jul 12, 2011, 09.19 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Epic! What festival was it for?? I love the detailing on the jacket, fab stuff!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.29 PMby alyb

      Thanks! it was for Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig. I love dressing up in historic style outfits but I also wanted to be comfortable enough watching bands, so using cotton fabric and no corset was a pretty good compromise. :-)
      I got a bit carried away on the jacket detailing while watching the Royal Wedding on TV, all those wonderful miltary outfits!

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    Jul 12, 2011, 07.12 PMby nehozack

    WOW! You do amazingly creative work, I would be ohhhhing and ahhing over the amount of work and detail you have obviously put in! Keep sewing!!!!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.34 PMby alyb

      Thanks! I’m still not quite there with garment construction, still struggle to make things fit properly but I do enjoy getting carried away with all the detail and adornments afterwards. :-)

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    Jul 12, 2011, 06.52 PMby Banarbra

    Absolutely ADORE this! Two of my favorite things in one; victorian + camo! <3 Great job!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.31 PMby alyb

      Two of my favourite things too!
      I love military styles but personally can’t get away with anything too austere, so I thought making it a victorian style would give it a more feminine look.

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    Jul 12, 2011, 06.17 PMby aluckmann

    What a unique combination. I love the way it turned out. I think the jacket is my favorite part.

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.32 PMby alyb

      Thank you! The jacket was a bit of a nightmare to make but I’m pretty happy with how it came out!

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    Jul 12, 2011, 02.40 PMby rshelly13

    It is interesting how certain fabrics are “supposed” to go with specific garments. I like your play with this combo.

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      Jul 13, 2011, 11.37 PMby alyb

      Thanks! After seeing a victorian gown in tigerprint fabric and another made entirely out of maps (very tempted to try that myself if I could work out how!), i wanted to try an inappropriate combination myself.
      The dupion silk overskirt was an afterthought, after finding that colour fabric in a market and i’m glad I went for that as it stops the camo fabric from being too much.

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    Jul 12, 2011, 02.13 PMby mah

    wow! it is so creative! excelent!

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      Jul 12, 2011, 02.13 PMby alyb

      Thanks! :-)

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