Well, thanks to Katherine of The Fashionable Past and Kristen of Musings of a Couturiere, I now have a fun new project to attend to after I get the bustling done for the Spelling Bee dress. She sent me a pin from Pinterest and I loudly squeeled in delight. I love it when my fellow costuming friends enable my costuming passion!!!
The image on the pin is of Alva Vanderbilt's sister-in-law, Mrs. William Seward Webb, nee Lila O. Vanderbilt. She attended Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt's famous Fancy Dress Ball in 1883 dressed as the Hornet.
I LOVE it when there is photographic proof that a dress from a fashion plate was made into reality! I really like the look of the bodice in this photograph. It is sweet and lovely and looks like she used star or flower shaped brooches for adornment. Of course I'll have to find myself an imported, diamond encrusted headdress...Bwahahahahahahaha!!! Anyhoo, I love this outfit with the ball gown bodice. Thankfully JoAnn's has in stock the velvet that I used for the underskirt and bodice I have now. What a fun project this will be!
Thank you Katherine!!!
Source: MCNY Blog
Be Blessed my friends!
Awesome indeed, the apron looks just like yours :) It's a wonderful feeling to see what the fashion plates' clothes looked like in real life. That's something I miss about the pre-photography era - we'll never get to see how the dresses looked on person!ReplyDelete
Yay! I was hoping that the apron would look similar! Thanks! It truly is a wonderful thing to see the fashion plate come to life. And I agree with you about the pre-photography era...we need a time machine I think!ReplyDelete
Ooh, that would make research so much easier, but I'll think we'll miss a lot of fun we have now trying to figure out how it all might have looked!Delete
loooooove! and you can totally tell that her bodice and the bee stripes are velvet, like yours!ReplyDelete
I know!!! I think it is so fun when you see a photograph of something you are making completed from the era and you think, "Yes!! I did it right!!!" Too fun!Delete
Too cute! You will be all ready for the next masquerade ball!ReplyDelete
That I will...just need to find the ball.....hahahahaha!!!Delete
Awesome. :) Looking forward to seeing what you create. Victorian "costumes" are so much fun. Those lovely ladies were so creative.ReplyDelete
Yes they were indeed!! What a fun time they must have had thinking of what they wanted to wear...Love it!Delete
Oooooh this is going to be fantastic!! I can't wait for the finished products! I'm in love with it already - the apron, flower buttons...and pollen pom pom shoes (really excited for these)!! Happy sewingReplyDelete
P.S. Thanks for the encouraging compliments = instant smile, always :)
Thank you Anneliese! I just finished the dress about half an hour ago. Just needed to sew in the boning! the pollen pom poms turned out so super cute!!Delete
Well, you deserved those compliments!! Your Regency outfits rocked!