To begin the festivities early - I'd like to introduce you to two of my future costumes
First - the golden ballgown from 'The Young Victoria'
With a few changes, wouldn't this make a smashing dress to wear at fancy 1860s dances?
The Victoria gown seems to be a semi-sheer with a faint stripe pattern.
For my dress, I plan to leave off the lace and make the puffed sleeves smaller.
Everything else the same - pleated yoke, velvet sash, pointed bodice.
I plan to use gold silk taffeta instead of a sheer.
Red paper roses for trimming....
2nd - 1880s Cotton Sateen Dress
This is a little unusual for me. I've never done a costume (and don't particularly like time period) of the 1870s and 80s. But - the moment I saw this dress, I knew it would make the perfect 'best' dress for a Texas pioneer girl.
It's dainty, practical, and jaunty - all at the same time!
Notice the unusual gathering method on the yoke.
I love the ruffled underskirt peeking out!
I'd like to get a cotton that is similar to the one pictured...
A print from reproduction fabrics - not quite right, but getting close.
So - do you have any 'wishful sewing' costumes?