When I started this costume a week ago I channeled the theme Starry Starry Night. My mom sent me two different types of fabric but I felt a deeper connection with the blue and I think that was reflected in the way the costume came together.
The bodice was draped entirely on the stand. The hardest part of this period is that there really isn’t a wide selection of patterns available.
Unfortunately I only had a little under a yard and a half of 54” fabric and with some very smart cutting I managed a trained skirt with almost no scrap fabric left over.
For the skirt I altered the Thornton’s pattern I used for all my skirts I wore in my 1912 fashion lectures for the Titanic Memorial Cruise which can be found here .When I danced I pinned the train up under the triangular panel of my skirt. Otherwise it would have been impossible to dance!
There was about a 5” selvedge edge that was plain so I ended up staying up for the better part of two nights stitching what I lovingly called a constellation design onto the sleeves. I wasn’t able to take a photo but on the drape the crosses near my heart I did stitch an actual constellation. I’m not sure if anyone remembers the post I wrote about the connection I have with Orion but it can be found here.
And as a first class passenger I made sure all my jewelry carried on the theme of the Stars. The crescent moon is from 1912 so I felt very special wearing it! (See! I did put that box to good use).
Sadly I didn’t take any making photos. This gown was mostly made in the early hours of the morning after I had finished working on my University work. I will still update The Mended Soul but for now this is all I have to share!
Miss Lily Elsie. Handtinted image of the era.
Bibliothéque nationale de France
Woman Reading on a Settee, William Worchester Churchill
IS THAT HOGWARTS?
For goodness’ sake, why does no one ever read Hogwarts, a History!? The castle is Medieval, not Victorian or Edwardian (I mean, seriously?)
Another dress on my mood board is this McQueen gown from the 2008 Fall/Winter collection.
It’s joined by one of my favorite Lucile gowns.
Diana, the Huntress
Vintage Edwardian Postcard