Monday, April 15, 2013

HSF Challenge #7

Challenge #7: Accessorize - "A beautiful dress is one thing, but without the right accessories, the picture isn't complete. Accessories add polish to your outfits, helping to create the perfect historical look."

I am using my lobster tail bustle as my accessory to the stripe dress.
Fabric: honestly, and old bed sheet ;)

Pattern: I used the recently created pattern by the American Duchess,
it was easy to follow and came out great I feel! I think it needs a ruffle but it's not critical with this skirt.

Year: Victorian, 1870s - 1880s

Notions: I used grosgrain ribbon for my ties and round reed for the hoop bones, all from the stash.
How accurate: I'll give it an 8 out of 10. The materials are all appropriate, cotton base and ribbon and reed bones. Though not likely, reed could have been used, steel would be more likely.

Hours to complete: about 4 hours give or take. Basically two evenings after work last week.

First worn: not yet, it will be worn in two weeks with the striped dress for an impressionist picnic.
Total cost: $0, all stash!


  1. Nicely done! It gives a splendid shape to the skirt!

    1. Thanks so much! I am very happy with how it turned out :)