I am both working and attending a steampunk event next month. Mostly working so I won't be in costume. However for the hootenanny (Saturday night 21+ party) I wanted something Victorian, easy to wear and fun. I turned to my favorite TV bodice the TV400. Love this bodice! I have made it 3 times so far. The fit is great and it is not too fussy to make. I highly recommend this for a costuming beginner new to Truly Victorian patterns. The other reason I like this is it covers both bustle periods. Early, 1870s and late 1880s. You can use other sleeves on it as well. I also find that on my figure type (generous bosom, large ribcage and thick waist, small hips) the high over the hip cut is more flattering. I feel like it give me more of an illusion of having fuller hips. And helps enhance the hourglass shape that I don't quite have.
I have already fitted so I just jumped right in. I am not a good plaid matcher. I just don't have the patience for it. I managed to match it at the back seam and the front closure. The other pieces I cut on the bias and let them do their own thing. I did use the short puff sleeve from TV460. I cut the neckline an inch lower to show a lil' more bosom. Not too much though, that is just not me.
I have made the Imperial before. It is a nice skirt. I was looking to keep this simple, no overskirt. I also wanted it shorter than a traditional Victorian skirt. Cuz I am tarting it up a bit. I took quite a bit off the length and added a pleated ruffle. In the front the skirt hits about ankle length. The back has a slight train that hits about an inch from the floor. I also used the Imperial skirt to whip up a quick petticoat for this outfit. I used a red/white stripe cotton and black organdy for the ruffles. I finished the waist with a drawstring. I am wearing this over the Imperial bustle and a bustle pillow.
This outfit is fun and easy to wear. I quite like it and the colors are so bright and friendly. Pardon my hair. I just pinned it up and slapped on some feathers for the pictures.
Truly Victorian 400 bodice and Imperial skirt.
Ha! Black and white feather blob the size of my head.
Awwyeah. The back seam match looking good!
Ooooooo that petticoat!