dress design in Butterick pattern book
Not knowing of any patterns on the market for such a dress, I began searching through one of my Frances Grimble books where I found the perfect pattern. I had no idea where this journey would take me having no specific idea of how I was going to trim the dress out. It was actually a combination of many old CDVs, fashion plates, and paintings that led me to the finished product.
dress pattern found in my Frances Grimble book
As you can see from the photos above, the original dress design has the butterfly train, whereas the pattern does not. For that, after drafting the pattern, I altered the train using the Truly Victorian Butterfly Bustle Train TV361 to create the right look. To do that, I layered the two together and blended them to create the one piece pattern needed for the polonaise.
Not being completely sold on the bodice detail of the original dress design, or the bodice design of the pattern, I began searching for ideas when I happened upon this bodice design found in the Frances Grimble book.
now we're talkin'
As I worked through this project, I began to see 18th Century details surfacing. This was not uncommon during the late Victorian Era.
Here, you can see some similarities between the two eras. On the left, a fashion plate from 1871. On the right, mid 18th century styles. Notice the bows on the bust, trim detail, and hat style of the yellow dress on the left. See how it mimics some of the details of the 18th century dresses?
don't mind my crooked back that is the result of a car accident
the butterfly train stitched into place, oh so pretty!
it is very important to put your bodice closures very close together to avoid gapping
Here I was working on figuring out the ruched fabric section of the bodice. I messed up the first time.
sleeve cuff trim detail inspired from
image in Frances Grimble book
lapel trim detail inspired by my mom
All in all, I am very pleased with it's outcome. I do eventually need to line and possibly weight my underskirt since the fabric is very light weight. I was in a hurry and just slapped one together really quick to finish the dress.