Run Down of Neo-Victorian Outfit

I did indeed manage to get my Neo-Victorian outfit finished (or mostly, anyway) in time for the picnic.  Then, about a week later, I ran off to Europe for 6 months so I never really got around to writing about what I did.  So here’s the summary, finally.

Tweed Skirt

I made the skirt from a beautiful Italian wool, in a black and white herringbone sort of pattern.  I adapted a pattern from a basic 6-gore pattern that I have.  Basically, it turned out beautifully.  The only downside is that I wish the fabric had a bit of stretch in it, which would make it more comfortable to wear.

Underbust Corset

Having used Laughing Moon’s Silverado corset pattern before, I basically just did a toile of that and then traced a line I liked and cut it off there.  I decided to make it come to a point in the front because I think it looks nicer, and less like it’s just been cut off.  Playing with my previous corset, I worked out that I would be able to do it up inside out, and thus make it double sided (which was exciting, it meant I basically got 2 corsets in one).  So on one side I used black satin and on the other I used red satin – one was silk satin and one felt like silk satin even though it wasn’t. I can’t remember which was which.  I lined the satin layers to make them more substantial and stop the fabric from fraying everywhere, and I put a later of cotton canvas in the middle. I used spiral steel boning again.  I bound it with black satin bias binding, so the black side looks totally black and the red side has black edging.  I used a metal busk in the front and metal eyelets in the back.  I’m really happy with it, I think it fits well and looks good with lots of things.  Plus, it can double for pirate outfits! My only complaint is that I didn’t get the boning channels as neat as I would have liked because I was in a hurry.

Completing the Outfit

I wore skirt and corset with a blouse I’d bought (white with black details, ruffles, bow at the neck and so on), a green corduroy blazer, blue curly scarf, grey stocking and black shoes.  I found a straw boater in the cupboard, which my mother kindly put a new black ribbon on for me.  It wasn’t as cool as the top hat I planned, but I still rather liked it, and it was a lot quicker to put together.

Future Developments

I still plan to make a mini top hat, one day… I did manage to pick up a small one, which I’d like to do up.  I just need to work out if it’s the right shape.  And I’m sure I’ll think of other accessories I’d like to do. I must get my hands on a parasol.


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