Earlier in the year I decided to make my mother a dress and two weeks before Victorian Ball I finally got to pick it up again!
For the literature challenge in May, I chose Hyacinth Kirkpatrick from Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. The gown is made from a purple/silver silk sari found on Ebay with over-sleeves of black silk organza. I ran out of the purple sari fabric, so the under-sleeves are made of a gray silk dupioni.
"...and it was her taste, more than any depth of feeling, that had made her persevere in wearing all the delicate tints — the violets and grays — which, with a certain admixture of black, constitute half-mourning. This style of becoming dress she was supposed to wear in memory of Mr. Kirkpatrick; in reality because it was both lady-like and economical."
My mother loved it so much she wore it to Dickens Fair
With each post or photo be sure to tell us:
The Challenge: Re-do
Fabric: Silk sari, silk dupioni, silk organza
Pattern: Truly Victorian romantic era gown
How historically accurate is it? Machine sewn
Hours to complete: Two weeks
First worn: November 30th
Total cost: ??