Last week I shared with you the beautiful "Russian Seasons" coat from Armstreet.com, paired with an 1880s wool skirt I threw together for the occasion.
The skirt was made from my favorite Truly Victorian pattern, one I've used over and over again - TV261 1885 Four Gore Underskirt. In all of the original pattern books I have, this simple skirt design plays a role in a great many of the outfits.
Initially I thought a plain skirt best, but once I had it made I felt it was too plain, so I added the box pleated ruffle. Ruffles are time consuming and take up loads of fabric (I'll have to go back to the fabric store for more of this wool if I want to make an apron for a full three piece ensemble), but the effect is quite grand. I'm glad I added it.
|The skirt without the ruffle and with.|
Now it's on to the bodice! Here's my inspiration, also from Directoire Revival Fashions:
|Bodice from "Directoire Revival Fashions 1888-1889" by Frances Grimble|
|Slicing, spreading, adding, subtracting, pinning, marking, taping|
|A scribble with ideas for soutache braid as well|
|Second pattern draft with more alterations|