To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Saturday, September 7, 2013

1884 Military Inspired Bustle...Complete!!!

Yesterday brought to completion the dress that I was working on way back when I injured my back and couldn't go to Costume College...so that would have been the beginning of August?  I would say that a month later, this dress got completed!  I will be wearing it to an event on the 21st if September...so soon!!


Here is the inspiration plate.  I really had wanted to make the faux vest the green like the fashion plate, but I didn't have enough!  :-(


But...I actually am liking the black faux vest as it causes me to appear skinnier!!  Bwahahahahaha.....


I am also liking the soutache and black trim on the back of the bodice hem...



Ooooh...fuzzy picture...sorry about that!  Oh!  And I had to add a bit of black trim at the wrist as I cut the sleeves too short!  Doh! Ah well, it ties the whole thing together I guess!

Blessings!!

22 comments:

  1. WOW this looks fabulous!! The skirt trim is showy but tastefully balanced, and the black vest adds an extra touch of elegance! I can't wait to see you wear this!

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    1. Hi Gabriela!

      Thank you so much! I was afraid of all the trim on the underskirt... so thank you for your wonderful compliment!! I cannot wait to wear it!!

      Blessings!

      g

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  2. That fashion plate is lovely! Such a great thing to be inspired by. Your ensemble looks great. I hope you share pictures of the event you're attending! Sometimes it's hard to find bustle type events, so I'm curious to know what your event is. Oh, and that sure is a lot of trim! Congratulations!

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Hi Quinn!

      Thank you so much! I fell in love with the fashion plate as soon as I saw it! I will be sharing pictures for sure! It is an event where ladies will be portraying ladies from our Victorian history in Boise...I soooooo cannot wait!

      By the way...my hands were so very irritated with my after all the knotting of the soutache and hand sewing I did....hahahahaha!!

      Blessings!

      g

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    1. Hello Lauren!!

      Oh my wow!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment!!

      Blessings!!

      g

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    1. Hello Wanda!!

      Thank you ever so much for your lovely compliment!!

      Blessings!

      g

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  5. Oooh, it's so striking! What pattern did you use? (If you don't mind my asking?)

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    1. Hello there Adi!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! For the patterns, I used the Truly Victorian 460 Cuirass Bodice and modified it, the front of the over skirt was the Truly Victorian 382 Asymmetrical Drapery Add-on. I drafted the under skirt and bustling myself. I would have used the Truly Victorian 261 5 gore skirt, but it is not "straight up and down". For the stripes on the underskirt, I needed a skirt that did not flare! I hope that helps!!

      Blessings!!

      g

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  6. Dear Gina, your new gown is beautiful! I really want to see you in it! Do you have a hat into the set? :)

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    1. Hello Gabrielle!

      Thank you so much! I do have a hat that I made and finished yesterday that will go with it. Hopefully, I will have a chance to post about it later today! I chose to make a militaristic bi-corn hat as I wanted to go all out in military fashion!

      Blessings!

      g

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  7. It turned out beautiful! I love the grenn and I think it would look nice with your hair.

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    1. Hello Thalia!

      Thank you so much for your compliment! I am hoping the green goes with my hair nicely! Being a red head, there are certain colors that make me look sick....I am thinking this one won't!

      Blessings!

      g

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  8. Wow, you did great job! I like the colors of your dress even more than the colours of the fashion plate. It´s a wonderful dress!

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    1. Hello there Emily!!

      Thank you so much! I can't wait to wear this!!

      Blessings!

      g

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  9. Dear Gina,

    Amazing! I second every compliment already stated. The black trim is much more elegant than the gold in the fashion plate. I am just in awe of your talent to perfectly realize a costume from a 2-dimensional fashion plate! Hopefully you have planned an 1880s hat to complete your ensemble :)

    Have a wonderful day,
    Anneliese :)

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    1. Hello there Anneliese!

      Thank you so very much for your wonderful compliment! You know what...I truly did not fancy the gold trim as it that color combo reminded me of a rival high school here in town! Isn't that silly? It's been over 20 years since high school for heaven's sake! hahahaha!!! I have the hat completed...it's very unlike anything I have made before...a military bi-corn...I will hopefully post about that later today!

      Be blessed!!

      g

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  10. This is wonderful, as well as the bi-corn hat, it matches the dress perfectly! Love the trimming here... So bad you weren't able to show the dress on Costume College! Anyway, waiting for the photos from your September event! :)

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    1. Hello there Eleonora!

      Thank you so much for your compliments on my dress and hat!! I too was sad that I couldn't attend Coco in my dress! BUT next year I am sooooo there!!!

      Blessings!!

      g

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  11. Hi Gina

    I love the way you use the trim and the skinnier effect. The way you held up the back on the bustle is elegant. Congratulation on completing this ensemble!

    Cheers,

    Antonia

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    1. Hello there Antonia!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments! And especially for the one on the bustle as that was my own draping!! ;-) That made my heart happy!

      Blessings!!

      g

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