The bodice pattern is once again from Truly Victorian, the sleeves are from a Period Impressions pattern. I fitted the toile on myself and am amazed that it came out so well. The belt is a piece of bright green velvet ribbon with an antique shell buckle. I am wearing my quilted petticoat and my split drawers under.
A closeup of the fabric. The vines are probably supposed to be roses, but I think they look more like little strawberries.
And a slightly closer pic of the bodice.
The Challenge: Flora and Fauna
Fabric: Strawberry/striped printed cotton
Pattern: Truly Victorian and Period Impressions
Year: I'm going to err on the side of caution and say 1840
How historically accurate is it? Machine sewn, so not very.
Hours to complete: 50, plus an all-nighter
First worn: May 5th 2013
Total cost: Free. I once again raided my fabric stash.
Despite it being sunny all week, the day of the event itself was overcast and cool. I brought a wool shawl and was very comfy indeed. All in all, I had a pretty good time and I look forward to wearing this dress to many future events.
Next time: A dress for mother aka Challenge #10.