Historical Sew Fortnightly: Pretty Pretty Princess
made an 1891 shell pink ball gown inspired by some of Worth's early
1890s dresses, some portraits, and an antique Parisien pair of opera
glasses in the same color scheme. I didn't base it on a single person
though I was inspired by Consuelo Vanderbilt ex Duchess of Marlborough
after reading her autobiography. I decided to enter this inter the
challenge because when I was at the photo shoot two little girls asked
me if I was a princess and took photos with me!
The Challenge: Pretty Pretty Princess
Fabric: pink polyester heavy satin, I'm not exactly sure if that's the
best way to describe it or how much I used because I just had it in my
stash and got it last year from Jomar. Cotton and duck for the bodice
lining. Ivory linen for the skirt lining. Pink silk chiffon for the
neckline trim. Pattern: Truly Victorian TV490 and TV298
Notions: Gutermann and Coats & Clark thread, silk flowers, hooks
and eyes, and 6 inches of ribbon to make a train loop for my skirt
How historically accurate is it? The patterns are accurate and the
design is based off of extent garments and portraits. The fabric,
thread, and flowers were all synthetic unfortunately.
complete: The first day I spent 11 hours and finished all the main
construction. Then I paused and did little bits on weekends until it was
finished. So upwards of 15 hours I'm guessing, I'm not very fast.
First worn: June 8th for the photo shoot at Longwood Gardens
Total cost: $28.50 for the patterns, everything else came from my stash.
I promise I had no idea that I was mimicking this portrait!