July 28, 2011

Check Out My Transitional Hoop Outfit!

Here is a post Civil War get-up over an early bustle, otherwise known as a transitional hoop.  I apologize for the poor picture quality, it was snapped quickly with a cell phone camera in a dimly lit corner of the room.  The bustle is there but it still retains a hoop at the bottom to keep the skirts fuller.  With the invention of aniline dyes during the 19th century colors such as these would have been used and were gaining popularity, much to the dismay of some fashion conservatives.
I used Truly Victorian Patterns (  The combination is the Vest Basque, Grand Parlor Skirt and Grand Bustle.  My chemise and Corset are by Laughing Moon Mercantile (  I used the Silverado corset pattern.
The outfit is made of two shades of silk dupioni.  There are plans to add single fold bias trim to the tails of the bodice as seen on the collar and cuffs.  Also there will be a 4 inch knife pleat ruffle added around the hem of the skirt.  My passamenterie is going to be rather utilitarian with this dress as I feel the colors and design speak plenty on their own.  It has been in the works for the better part of two weeks and is still not completely finished but by this weekend, all should be done.


Anna said...

Hi, the dress is awesome well done! I'm going to change your post at Sew Retro to draft, could you please go back and amend it and add a picture and a few more details, see the admin post titled Posting Guidelines for details. Thanks and well done again!

Lauren R said...

That is nothing short of gorgeous! The color is AMAZING!

nO-Odler said...

What pattern did you use. It looks like a BURDA one that I have used before. I love the colors you chose. Are you going to be putting any decorative trims on it?

Unknown said...

nO-Odler, I updated the post above with the details you asked for. Thank you for posting!

Lindsay said...

I clicked through from Sew Retro to say that you did an incredible job! I have no reason to sew historically-correct patterns but I am so drawn to them, I almost just want to do it anyway. I wanted to send you I have no connection to them at all, but I've spent hours looking through their catalog and have wanted to make so many of their outfits!! I went to the Truly Victorian website and just thought that Ageless Patterns might have more of a selection. If I had a good excuse to I'd be making some (although my husband might think I'm nuts for spending so much time on something I'll have no reason to wear)!!!