Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1890's half mourning dress

I was inspired by the new Simplicity 1890s pattern that came out.  I had some black moire bengaline hanging around and heard about a mourning museum nearby (  Naturally, I had to make a mourning costume!

Though I know velvet was not appropriate for mourning (confirmed by several primary sources), I trimmed the skirt with it anyway.

I also made the bonnet, which I blocked with buckram over a styrofoam head form and covered in black "brain" velvet.

Here are the directions I followed:

1 comment:

  1. Love it all! You look so wonderful in this outfit!