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1850s Ball dress by Kathelyne 1850s Ball dress by Kathelyne
My second attempt at a 1850s dress. This was very rushed as my mother wouldn’t let me start sewing it until after my sisters wedding, then I was working a lot of overtime and then I fell sick for two weeks just before the ball. REALLY sick and I was too sick to sew. Bodice needs to be refitted (it is too big) and the decorations were hastily added.
Patterns used:
The crinoline: Truly Victorian’s TV141
The chemise and Draws: Laughing Moon’s LM100
Corset: Laughing Moon’s Dore corset LM100 altered to fit.
Bodice: Truly Victoran’s TV442
Skirt and flounced petticoat: Self patterned.
The lace bertha is purchased. It was actually for steampunk but I realised it looked great over this and I didn’t have time to make one.

The dress is a layer of nasty horrible polyester satin crap (it was cheap and the right colour! So shoot me!) with one layer of cotton (two for the skirt) over.

I finished this in time for the ball (only just) and… had a ball! I can’t wait to go again!
I consider this dress to be of costume rather than re-enactment quality.

I also have a view of me dancing here
and a back view here
which shows the decorations more clearly (they got a bit frazzled in some of the more energetic dances)
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:iconveronarmon:
veronarmon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
That's really nice
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:iconaelthwyn:
aelthwyn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so beauifull! and so poofy! :D
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natachax Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Wonderful!
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:iconquilsnap:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   General Artist
thats a nice piece of work, I like the materials you chose
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! Believe it or not the hardest thing to source was the flowers!
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GlimmeringStarshine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student General Artist
OOOh!! It's lovely!
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks:D I felt like a princess wearing it!
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:icongwenyver-costumes:
Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Very pretty.
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) I felt very pretty wearing it!
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:iconnerds-and-corsets:
Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Your dress turned out wonderful. It doesn't look rushed at all. :)
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconshearnonsense:
ShearNonsense Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! Great work, especially for a rushed job!
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I am so glad I got it finished! My mum was sitting snipping off loose threads and finishing a few stitches for me while I was getting dressed, it was that close.
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ShearNonsense Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, that is close! I'm glad you got it done in time, even if it was just barely!
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SewingDiva142 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So my whole hallowwen costume is cheap polyester crap
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:iconkathelyne:
Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, yeah. Being a re-enactor polyester isn't normally something I can or will use, but this is just a costume so I don't mind so much. Polyester for halloween is fine ;)
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SewingDiva142 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree
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LadyJamie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I understand the polyester yuck feeling. I try really hard to avoid anything that is not natural when it comes to fabric, but sometimes you just can't find what you want! Eugh especially when you have a color you want. No worries, it's gorgeous!!!
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh and thank you for the fav also! If you are interested I've added links to a couple more photos of this one in my scraps :)
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I wouldn't use polyester on anything for re-enactment but I figured for a costume where you can't see and I really wanted that barbie pink! I couldn't get it in silk (which is $30 a metre for dupion anyway) and I thought this would show through better than a cotton which was still more expensice, lol.
I was still getting compliments from the gentlemen at the ball two weeks later at a regency dance! I guess it did the trick. ;)
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I love it, along with the other dresses you've made! Eh, whatever about the polyester stuff. Since you have the cotton overtop of it, I wouldn't even have noticed the quality if you hadn't mentioned it in the comments section. The pink really suits your coloring, and the dress just looks beautiful. Congratulations on a job well done! :D
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I am looking forward to making more victorian dresses, I have my ball gown planned for next year's heritage ball already ;)
Yeh, you can't see the polyester really and with everything else being natural fibers it didn't make me any hotter, even dancing I was quite cool!
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