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October is proving to be a very fun month in my corner of the world. You might have already seen my Victorian costume I made for Ren Faire. Well, I used the same bodice pattern, tweaked it, drafted a new skirt and ended up with a costume I’m pretty proud of!

In looking back at photos, I see that I was already planning and starting to draft before I even went to Faire so it was probably a 2 week project. Thanks to those of you who chimed in on Twitter and IG about the design. I waffle so much on this part and making design decisions can trip me up for days.

Vicky Plaid sketch

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Bodice redrafted.

Bodice redraft

I started with this bodice pattern from Frances Grimble and Brooke held my hand while I drew the shawl collar. It was amazingly simple. The muslin stage helped clean up what I didn’t know how to do in the drafting. I literally just drew lines how I wanted them to look in the final garment, added seam allowances and muslined.

I noticed in my last workings with this bodice pattern that I had a slight pulling at the back of the neck. I don’t think it’s super noticeable…until you notice. Brooke helped me figure out that I just needed to add a bit of length to the back of the neck and it totally worked. I can see I might want to do a little more tweaking before I make this again- which I will! I’m going to the Steampunk ball in February again (me at the ball last year) and I’m using the same pattern to make the evening bodice.


Made a couple of lightweight petticoats as all I have for my Victorian wear is late bustle period undergarments and I wasn’t wearing my bustle with this outfit. All the fullness is in the back so the pictures I posted to IG don’t show much. I might add a small bum roll though I like how it turned out.


Drafting the skirt. I swear by Frances Grimbles books. So many patterns!

Here’s the mandatory front/side/back pics. I love the length on this skirt and especially the bodice. I got that length by measuring on myself and looking in a mirror to see how long I wanted the bodice to be, drawing that length on the pattern and adding seam allowances.

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And the fun photos! I used the parasol my friend Bethany got me recently while living in China. I love it so much and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to use it.

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And that folks is a pic heavy post. I’m super thrilled with this costume. I think it’s the nicest thing I’ve made so far. I do love working with wool and suitings so that probably contributes. Yeah, I made the head warmer thingie out of faux fur I got at The French Seam. I did buy the lace top I’m wearing and the bow you see is actually a silk scarf I added to make it look like it was attached to the blouse. Sneaky, eh? I did end up wearing my Go To Cape with the outfit because it was chilly! I’ll post pictures and talk about the picnic I went to later. This got long fast.

Now I’ve got two full Victorian costumes I can wear anywhere! I’ll have my ballgown for February and then maybe add a real Victorian coat. Ooh, that would be awesome, right!