Monday, December 12, 2011

A Victorian Christmas Ballgown




A burgundy red 1850s-60s silk taffeta ball gown, destined to be worn to a Dickens Christmas ball!
The latest request from an Etsy client. (lucky me!! this was a fun project!)


There was no specific inspiration for the dress, but a simple, unadorned style was chosen, the only ornamentation being the creamy lace netting on the short, open sleeves.


Neckline finished with piping.

The silk is actually a bright red/black shot silk, which gives it such a striking shimmer in different lights!

Hand-sewn eyelets and matching ribbon lacing up the back.



Makes me rather long for a Christmas dance myself! :)


If you are interested in having a custom silk ball gown made,
 you may want to take a look at my new Etsy listing....



19 comments:

Rachel said...

*gasp* How gorgeous!!!

Samantha B. said...

Absolutely beautiful! I would love to work on a commission so lovely! I'm sure your client will love it :)

the momma (aka Shannon) said...

Oooooh...sigh....to wear something like that somewhere. Anywhere.
Beautiful.

AuntLou said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! :o

And for all those hand sewn eyelets, another Oh! ;)

Colleen Elizabeth said...

This is SO enchanting! Oh for a christmas dance! And I can just imagine this gown shimmering under the lights as you said.

a Matula ikrek said...

Adorable!!! :o)

Lilac Bud Gal said...

*drooling* Oh my!!!!! That is SOOOO beautiful! I wish I could have one! Even if All I did was was swish around in it for a few minutes every day! :) Christmas balls are so fun.. I wish someone was hosting one that we could go to! :) (anything as an excuse to make a dress like that!)

Lauren R said...

I adore this! The color particularly, it is so beautiful, and the lace.

Charleybrown said...

Love the red and LOVE the lace on the sleeve! Beautiful!

Janel said...

This is just SO beautiful! Gorgeous!!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

This is gorgeous! I especially like the net lace sleeves. Could you please tell me where you bought the red taffeta? Is it from a chain store, or online?
Your festival sounds like a lot of fun too!

Julie said...

Oh that is lovely! Beautiful work.

Shannon said...

wow! love all the special details.

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Rachel Heffington said...

Oh mercy on us....*tries not to be desperately jealous of your client*
How amazingly lovely. I have always wanted a crimson silk ball-gown. (And the waist to wear it without looking like Mrs. Boffin. ;) I love it to death. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh. And how long *does* it take you to make a dress like that?

cindy-the vintage hat shop said...

Wow, I love this style and the color. That lace is the perfect finishing touch!

Elizabeth K. said...

Oh, Alanta! You have such a great business! Making dress-up dreams come true for grown ups. (Well, almost grown ups. ;-) )
This is really, really nice. Great job!
Elizabeth (aka Prairie Shepherdess)

Nicki T. said...

That's SO pretty!

Rose West said...

This dress is so stunning! Absolutely love it!

Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns said...

Oh my gosh! That is utterly gorgeous! What a breathtaking color...

Happy sewing!

Katrina

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