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Victorian Tea Party dress

Added May 17, 2011

by grafiketgrafok

Toulouse, France






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!

Material Notes

cotton poplin, cotton, felt (hat).




Garment Type

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    Oct 22, 2011, 05.08 PMby alasse

    Fabulous! And I also love your photo location :)

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    Sep 19, 2011, 04.36 PMby kerstika

    Oh wow, what an incredibly beautiful dress! (And what an impressive project to tackle!!) And it looks absolutely stunning on you, too.

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    May 23, 2011, 06.05 AMby Anjomo

    This is incredible! It must have taken ages to finish this. I’m so impressed!

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      May 23, 2011, 07.04 AMby grafiketgrafok

      Haha! Thank you, but no! ^^ It wasn’t that long! What was very nerve breaking was the pleats of the bottom of the underskirt and the hem of the skirt ’cause I did that by hand… doing this dress took me a month (and it was not a full time job!!), at first I thought it would take me at least 5 or 6 months… So…!

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    May 22, 2011, 12.11 AMby smallone

    wowza! I just came across this one….you are no beginner my friend!!!

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      May 22, 2011, 06.21 AMby grafiketgrafok

      Haha thanks a lot!!! But I do maintain what I said : this wasn’t as difficult as I expected! Methodology and patience are key words of this project! ^^

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    May 19, 2011, 03.37 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    A-maaaaaa-zing! What a terrific costume, perfect.

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      May 19, 2011, 03.38 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Well thaaaaaaaank you! :) I hope next will be faaaaaabulous! :D

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    May 19, 2011, 08.30 AMby urbandon

    Exceptional. Impressive.

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      May 19, 2011, 03.19 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thanks a looooot! :) It’s really nice to see how you all like it!!! It’s very encouraging!!!

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    May 18, 2011, 02.18 PMby mrsserfes

    I’m not sure what else to say except, AWESOME! I love Victorian era fashion, homes, etc. You did a fantastic job!

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      May 18, 2011, 08.00 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you!! Guess what? Holmes is my next one!!! :)

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    May 18, 2011, 11.38 AMby merbecky

    This is fantastic. I never would have thought that this was your first time making a historic garment. I love this period of fashion.

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      May 18, 2011, 07.59 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Oh thank you! ^^ huhu! I love victorian fashion too! It’s so classy!

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    May 18, 2011, 04.32 AMby rogue-cellist

    This is fabulous. You’ve done a wonderful job. I wish I had somewhere to wear something like this!

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      May 18, 2011, 07.59 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Well I do hope I’ll find an opportunity too! Hahha!

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    May 17, 2011, 11.58 PMby minnietheminks

    Amazing for your first historical dress… well done

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      May 18, 2011, 07.55 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you, that’s very encouraging!! I’ll keep up the good work (well I hope!)! Haha!

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    May 17, 2011, 08.26 PMby tanitisis

    This is lovely! Congratulations :) and the tie is especially fun!

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      May 18, 2011, 07.54 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you! Ah! I’m so glad you like it, cause it’s my favorite item!!! :)

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    May 17, 2011, 08.19 PMby kihli

    This is stunning! I also dream of making a historical dress like that since a while, but I am scared because of the difficulty and the huge amount of work that goes into such a project. And I wouldn’t know when and where to wear it. But seeing your dress, maybe I should go for it nevertheless!

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      May 18, 2011, 07.53 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Go go go!!! Try that book : 59 Authentic Turn-Of-The-Century Fashion Patterns ♥

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      May 18, 2011, 09.29 PMby kihli

      Thanks for the information! I ordered the book at Amazon.de right away!

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      May 19, 2011, 03.17 PMby grafiketgrafok

      You’re welcome! :) I hope you’ll show me what you’ll do with it!! :)

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    May 17, 2011, 04.19 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is such a beautiful dress and i am very impressed of your workingskills! great material and pattern choice! i really really love it!

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      May 17, 2011, 05.14 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you so much! :) I still look forward to improve a looooot! And yes I was lucky enough to work with a fabulous fabric! Great quality and colour! I hope I’ll have enough spare time soon to make another one!

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    May 17, 2011, 03.02 PMby hoorayforever

    Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to make a historical costume like this but felt too intimidated.

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      May 17, 2011, 03.10 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Don’t!!! Believe me it’s worth trying! If you’re too scared of wasting beautiful fabric, try first with an old sheet or two! ^^

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    May 17, 2011, 02.57 PMby aluckmann

    Wow, this looks amazing. I can’t believe you don’t think it was too difficult to make – maybe someday I will try something like this. Your pictures are quite lovely as well.

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      May 17, 2011, 03.12 PMby grafiketgrafok

      Thank you! ^^ At first I thought I would never be able to make it! But I was determined to try! :) I stopped thinking and cut cut cut!!! :D

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