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Natural Form Victorian Mourning Gown

Added Sep 30, 2011

by wearinghistory

San Diego Area, ...






I made this costume to wear to Costume College, an annual costume convention.
This costume was made from Truly Victorian patterns. The bodice was a combination of a few of their patterns. Although I made this quite a while ago I believe I combined the 1880 Jacket Bodice pattern with the 1879 Curaiss Bodice pattern and lengthened the sleeves to long sleeves.
The overskirt was made with the 1880 Hermione Overskirt pattern and the underskirt was made from the 1878 Fantail Skirt pattern.
I started this project several years ago and got disgusted with it, so put it away in my closet and completely forgot about it until about a month before Costume College. I pulled it out and tried it on. At that time it was untrimmed. I did come up with my trims by using several antique black trims I had in my stash, including the fringe and the beaded appliques. The rest of the trims, including the looped edging and the velvet ribbon bands on the underskirt are new. The bodice and overskirt are made of silk dupioni. The underskirt is made of a faux silk taffeta. The buttons up the front are vintage. The revers on the bodice and the faux cuffs are stitched down accents from black velvet.
The hat, veil, and purse are antique.
In the end, I actually liked the way it turned out and I’m glad I revisited this project instead of just giving up on it and starting new :)

Material Notes

All black fabrics and trims.
Silk shantung, faux silk taffeta, vintage beaded trim, vintage fringe, vintage buttons, and the rest of the trims are new.




Garment Type
Polyester, Silk


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    Nov 6, 2011, 06.46 PMby mdiez

    More than lovely, just gorgeous!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 09.42 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Dedication! Wonderful. Might just get me motivated to get onto the Tea Dress I’ve been meaning to make since high school (which is nearly 20 years ago!!). I bet your entrance was a show stopper.

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    Oct 1, 2011, 09.29 PMby alexus1325

    WOW!! That is LOVELY! I really love that fringe trim, it looks so right for that dress! And the velvet trimmings make the look so polished.

    And frankly, YOU are lovely! Are you the secret love child of Queen Elizabeth II and Emperor Hirohito???

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    Oct 1, 2011, 03.37 PMby vestiphobia

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Oct 1, 2011, 06.51 AMby CationDesigns

    This looks beautiful! Would love to see it in color, but this is lovely anyway!

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    Oct 1, 2011, 05.44 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what an amazing piece of work (art) i am so impressed and sunned by your workskills!

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    Oct 1, 2011, 03.40 AMby lyrameneses


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    Sep 30, 2011, 07.42 PMby MissHickory

    I love it!!!! Its amazing!

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