Saturday, January 3, 2015

1860's Victorian Ball Gown

Hello Lovelies!!

This is a much belated post but now then never.
So back in June of 2014 my family and I took a road trip up to Montana to visit my Grandpa and Grandma. I had been wanting to sew a victorian ball gown for so time. Since Montana has so many historical sites I thought this would be the perfect chance.

I made the ball gown from a dark pink satin and black lace. The correct time period for the gown is 1860's. Bodice is fully lined and boned. Bodice has short puffy sleeves and slightly off the shoulder neckline has black lace. I sewed black braid around the bottom edge and neckline edge of the bodice. The full gathered skirt has a wide ruffle at the bottom, another layer of satin, and an overlay of lace. The lace swags up and bows adorn it. Believe me this is one heavy skirt.

I am wearing a corset and hoop skirt. I had fun pearing the black shawl, fan, lace gloves, and cameo with the gown.

The picture above I found and modeled the gown after. For the bodice I used Truly Victorian's pattern TV422. For the skirt I used TV240 but made a few slight changes. I made this in a matter of one week! I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it but I did minus the hand sewing. On the way to Montana I tacked the bows on and hand sewed the hook and eyes down the bodice back 

Unfortunately the camera was on the wrong settings when we took the pictures so most of the pictures turned out bad and couldn't be edited:( The picture were taken in front of Rank's Mercantile in Virginia City, Montana. Virginia City is one beautiful little historical town.

I hope to do a separate post about our trip with scenery pictures!

Yours Truly,


  1. The dress is beautiful I just check out your shop and the dresses are gorgeous (you are very talented) the Gibson blouse is very pretty, but the civil war victorian blue dress is my favorite- the sleeves and the work you did on the bodice is very beautiful . Keep up the good work ;) .

    1. Thank you so much!! I had fun making them:) Yes I love the bodice of the civil war dress especially the sleeves!

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