It's been a while since i've done one of these, but I wanted to highlight the details in this costume and show you how it turned out! This costume was made entirely by me. More information about it, and the process of making it are linked below!
If the step by step process interests you, check out the write ups on my blog: https://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/plaid-walking-ensemble-ca-1890/
Photos of this ensemble are posted here: https://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/1890s-plaid-walking-ensemble-photos/
This project is based off references of day dresses and walking ensembles from the 1890s, but design itself is is mostly made up!
This costume consists of four main pieces : The skirt, jacket, blouse, and hat. It’s worn over a home made corset, chemise, and two petticoats. The costume itself is made from six yards of faux wool flannel, cotton lining, three yards of silk, and some buttons/lace/wool/silk satin that I had left over from old projects.
The hat is made from a mixture of buckram and felt weight interfacing. It’s lined with velvet and decorated with a matching ribbon and bow. It also has a partial pheasant pelt on it, which was a common decoration in the 1890s.
Everything was drafted, draped, and designed by me except for the jacket sleeves, which were from a pattern book. Assembling the pieces was a very long process. Each one was carefully cut out and hand basted together to make sure each line matched perfectly. Then the seams were trimmed and basted by hand once again to create french seams. Everything is made from the faux wool except for the side panels of the skirt which are pleated silk piped with green wool, and the jacket lapels, which are also silk.
The jacket is trimmed with vintage lace and sixteen yards of soutache braid which was hand stitched into knot like patterns - another very time consuming process!
My costume spotlight playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLk1yJujskxaDyhbymTA6cKSVgFqIcSVaJ
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The music was acquired through Musopen, it does not belong to me. The piece is titled "To a wild rose, from 10 Woodland Sketches, Op. 51" composed by Edward MacDowell and performed by Edward Rosser.
After complaints last time I did my best to pick period appropriate music!