Sheer Victorian: bodice completed

This has to be one of the first things I”ve totally sewn my machine! And it doesn’t feel totally horrible. Seeing as it is a “gesture” at a Victorian gown, done in sheer for going underwater, I don’t mind that it isn’t hand sewn. The hoop’s ribbon cover is fully handsewn but basically basted in place over the boning channels, very roughly done but still looks nice.

It is a nod towards Victorian using polyester fabrics and non-period laces but still looks lovely if I do say so myself. Jez, of Sealaced, had the inspiration to make this gown and together we are “getting it done” even with the new babies and no time to do anything (her newest daughter is one month younger than Corwin). Nothing like a 5 month old to spur one to machine sew instead of hand sew.

Here are a few more photos of the bodice, both on my mannequin & flat:

4 thoughts on “Sheer Victorian: bodice completed”

  1. I’d love to know the backstory of a gown you’re creating to “go underwater”. Scuba wedding? It’s very pretty, even if it is poly.

  2. No it is just for fun actually.
    My friend Jezebel France does costuming for underwater modeling. She came up with the idea of doing a sheer gown based on the many white gowns Queen Victoria often wore, so this is a gesture in that direction.

    Here is a link to one of her fully costumed underwater:

    Some are mermaid tails so there is some nudity in the portfolio.

  3. Very very cool. Looking forward to seeing the end result. Also feeling somewhat inspired; I have this alternating sheer/satin stripe in a sort of pale taupe & hadn’t been able to decide what to do with it. This combination of sheer and lace overlay you’ve done is very nice.

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