I'm so pleased to share with you a most delightful dress project that I've been working on for the past several weeks.
The Violet Silk dress from the film 'The Young Victoria'
A lovely British lady contacted me this summer about making her a replica of the movie dress to wear to some balls and events this fall. At first I was hesitant about taking on a custom order when I should be working on wedding stuff, but as soon as I heard *what* the request was, I couldn't resist. :) I've only seen the movie once, but that one in particular was one of my favorite dresses.
Since the dress is pre-crinoline era, 1840s, it won't be worn with a hoop.
The gorgeous fabric is a shot silk with turqoise blue and hot pink threads interwoven, creating such a lovely, shimmery shade of violet. From Rennaissance Fabrics. Looking at the movie pictures closely, I think that dress may be silk satin. However, I like the taffeta much better.
Satin ribbon lacing the back from The Ribbon Jar.
English netting lace decorating the sleeves from Lace Heaven.
The bodice is fitted and boned, and finished off with piping.
The skirt is quite full and pleated to a separate band.
The flowers aren't exactly like the orginial either, but I think they are close enough to provide a wonderful similarity, and a great contrast with the silk.
Now I have to say goodbye to this dress -
it's getting packed up tomorrow and on it's way across the ocean!
I really want one.