Victorian Day Dress - Victorian Era (mainly 1870-1880)





Ok so this is actually my final project for university but I'm really pleased with how it's coming along so I felt like uploading it anyways ^^ I know it's not really a cosplay or anything but meh, who cares :P


Amy-Lou posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:23
Are you using burda 7880? I've made a mock up of that, but have yet to do the final thing, so I'm interested to see how you get on with it! The bustle part is so fun. The plans look lovely, good luck with the project :)

Chibi posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:30
Thanks, and yes! :D it's such a beautiful pattern, wanted to try it out for ages! How did your mock up turn out? I'm having a bit of trouble with the sizing...

No thanks posted on 28 April, 2011 - 18:13
Can't wait to see this sweetheart, (i'm totally IN LOVE with Victorian dresses) the design looks super sweet!

Lulu Rose posted on 28 April, 2011 - 19:04
This is looking lovely! I really like the pleated flap on the jacket. Such a sucker for victorian designs!

Amy-Lou posted on 29 April, 2011 - 15:12
The pleating on the back of the jacket gives some leway, but I did find it came out smaller than the stated measurements by quite a bit. Hate it when they do that.

Sephirayne posted on 29 April, 2011 - 16:26
Wow! Looking fantastic. I love the design. The jacket and bustle are looking fantastic. Can't wait to see more.

drift posted on 29 April, 2011 - 21:30
looks awesome!

kirokitsune posted on 30 April, 2011 - 21:54
Eee looking forward to seeing this! the progress pictures are looking fantastic so far! Im jealous of your skillz!

Uni posted on 4 May, 2011 - 11:52
Looking Beautiful! Excellent craftsmanship my dear : O

flamewizo posted on 12 May, 2011 - 07:19
Looks fantastic :D aww Victorian dresses were so nice :D Very well crafted :D

Alyx posted on 12 May, 2011 - 08:59
beautiful work!! <3

Telly posted on 12 May, 2011 - 09:18
Looks fantastic m'dear! ♥

No thanks posted on 12 May, 2011 - 11:39
Unreal how much im in love with this<3

goodbyeworld posted on 12 May, 2011 - 14:03

Pandora-Chi posted on 12 May, 2011 - 16:44
This is soo beautiful! <3

cowiee posted on 13 May, 2011 - 00:05
Just, so much beauty has gone into this i can tell! The dress looks gorgeous! Suits you so very much! I adore this on you, amazing!

Kacela posted on 13 May, 2011 - 08:01
Beautiful =]

Amy-Lou posted on 13 May, 2011 - 09:46
The final thing is stunning! Clearly so much effort and care into each bit and lovely photos to show it off.

BabemRoze posted on 13 May, 2011 - 14:00
this is amazing! Absolutely gorgeous! the detail is really superb

Chibi posted on 13 May, 2011 - 16:03
Wasn't expecting this much feedback :D Thank you everyone! xxx

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 May, 2011 - 20:37
This came out really well, you must be pleased hun =) I love the photos.

ToroSonyCat posted on 14 May, 2011 - 15:11

sjbonnar posted on 25 May, 2011 - 11:39
This is incredibly pretty ^_^ Love it!

Shinigami_ky posted on 23 July, 2011 - 13:22
Did I tell you already how much I love this? 'cos I do.

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Progress Journal

12th May 2011

Layer 4 - Jacket

Finished jacket

12th May 2011

Layer 3 - Overskirt

Finished overskirt

12th May 2011

Layer 2 - Underskirt

Finished underskirt

12th May 2011

Layer 1 - Bustle

Finished Bustle

12th May 2011

Collar detail

And the collar too~

12th May 2011

Bust detail

Better view of the bust of the jacket, fully sewn and embellished now!

Really proud of this if I'm honest, never thought I'd ever make something intricately like this (especially with all my recent mental health problems) :3

12th May 2011


Can't believe I'm actually finished AHEAD of schedule for once :D even more so since it's for university!

But yes, posting up some detailed pics in the journal, will put main photos on the photo tab. Will be having a little photoshoot or two tomorrow (well, today) with Umbrav and Shenny so hopefully I can get some nice photos up by the evening.

For now you'll have to settle for a bad bathroom shot~

11th May 2011

So close...

Ok so I'm almost at the end!

Spent most of tonight gathering and pleating the overskirt, just need to hand-stitch the waistband in place and that part is done~
The jacket it almost finished as well, need to hem a few edges by hand, attach the collar and all the buttons down the front and then that will be done as well~
The underskirt just needs the 2nd layer hemmed, will do that last as it's not so important.

Photos to come later~

8th May 2011

So far...

So far this is the jacket (80% done), the underskirt (90% done) and the bustle (100% done) :D

The overskirt needs to be pleated, gathered and sewn to the front peplum and then I'll be very nearly finished

A-woot~ ...this better get me a passing grade!

8th May 2011

Jacket progress

Tonight I worked mainly on the jacket: I sewed the sleeves in place, made the cuffs, attached cuffs to sleeves and made the bust panels for the centre

This is just showing the back pleats over the bustle/underskirt, the centre panel (not neat as it's just pinned inside) and the cuffs

8th May 2011


Ok so this part is almost finished, just need to hand-stitch the inside of the waistband and hem the white and black layers :3

Pictured with the bustle underneath so you can see the pleats

8th May 2011

So many buttons

Sewed the lace and bridal looping onto the jacket bust tonight, testing how the buttons will look~

6th May 2011

Wig stuffs

Excuse the lack of makeup, tried both the wig and hairpiece together tonight along with one of the bought fascinators. I know the hairpiece doesn't match the wig exactly but it was the best I could find. I'll do it much neater for the proper photoshoot as well.
Will be adding some other stuff to the fascinator at some point as well

6th May 2011


Spent a good couple of hours hand-sewing the lace onto the front peplum edging =___= took forever as I was determined to make it pretty strong, ended up matching every machine stitch with my needle and thread...

But yay~

4th May 2011


I thought I might just use my Lara Croft wig (unstyled) for this but I'm going to get a matching hairpiece to use so I don't have to put ringletts in the Lara wig :P
The colour is a tiny bit off but it should be alright for photos and stuff. I tried it on over my own hair for now to get an idea of placement.

Now I just wish more than ever that I had long curly hair... ;A;
Might have to get a hairpiece similar to that to wear all the time...

3rd May 2011

More on the jacket

Bah, I keep getting side tracked and either going online, watching 'Friends' or doing sketchbook work... >___>
I've now sewn together most of the lining layers, taken in the sleeves and started on the petticoat and underskirt.

Haven't gotten much further as I need to get some sleep, got to be in uni tomorrow morning to print off a load of pictures for the sketchbook.

Here's the lining pinned to the jacket so far, then I just need to work on the seams, sleeves and front panel~

28th April 2011

Outer jacket layer

So this is most of the outer layer of the jacket done, will do the centre bust last as I want to make sure I have the sizing right first. Super happy about the pleated peplum :3 sleeves and lining are just being sewn together now, here's hoping it comes out okay~

28th April 2011

Pleated jacket peplum

I'm usually so bad at pleats, really pleased with these~

28th April 2011

Trimmings and things

Top: selection of buttons I was considering, going for the one in the box as it matches the bias, got smaller ones though so they would fit in the bridal button looping that I found.

Middle: some nice feathers I saw in the craft shop, I felt like making some sort of fascinator or small hat so I'll fix these on it somehow, I also bought some special headdress netting as well for that.

Bottom: Large and small lace, will use those around the front peplum, cuffs and jacket bust mainly, though I might use any extra for the undergarments (that I may make if I have the time). The satin bias will go on the edging of the same bits as the lace, tempted to embellish the bias with something but haven't decided what yet. And the last is the bridal button looping, this will go down the centre of the bust, I thought it would save me time and look much nicer than 26 button holes...

28th April 2011

Bustle + front peplum (wip)

Okay so I've done a bit of this already before putting this up here so I'll just catch you up quickly with pictures for now~

This is the bustle and the start of the front peplum~