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Category: 2010 Best Victorian BALL Gown by Contest on 05-15-2010

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USA Entry 26.) Dress: 1873 Worth Peacock Ball Gown
Category: Best Victorian Ball Gown in the world
Category: Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World
Seamstress: MH
Website: www.polyhymniaconcepts.com

"This is my version of a C.F. Worth gown from 1873. It took 22 yards of silk in a shadow stripe and Fleur de lis brocade, and about 40 yards of trim. The gloves, ostrich plumes, roses and silk velvet were all dyed to match the green/gold shot silk..." MH


USA Entry 25.) Dress: Eugenia Imperial Natural Form Ball Gown
Category: Best Ball Gown in the World
Category: Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World
Seamstress: Linda E. Charron at: FrocksofAges.com

"This Ball Gown was the first of the Imperial Gowns that I offer on my web site, "Frocks of Ages." The reason that it is an "Imperial" is because of the extras that comprise the gown. In this case, the gown features a stunningly beautiful French embroidered lace that came with organza ribbon flowers. To further enrich the lace, I added real aquamarine briolettes, freshwater peals and seed beading. The base fabric of the gown is a pale blue floral embossed Bengaline faille. The lines are classic Natural Form. I named this gown for my mother, Eugenia." Linda E. Charron

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USA Entry 23.) Dress: Early Victorian Silk Bustle Ball Gown with Overskirt Skirt Swags
Category: Best OTHER FREESTYLE Bustle Dress
Category: Best Victorian Ball Gown
Seamstress: Lady Caroline at: www.LadyCarolyn.com

"I was able to buy only 4 yards of this blue raw silk wanted to make a ball gown. I used Truly Victorian 240 ball gown skirt pattern and Truly Victorian 442 ball gown top pattern. I used every scrap of material, in fact under the top overskirt is blue cotton lining with the blue silk attached to get the bottom ruffle. There was not enough to get a ruffle on the top, hence the trim was used. This turned out to be one of my favorite ball gowns." Lady Caroline

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USA Entry 20.) Dress: "Bloody Rose" Victorian Ball Gown
Category: Best Victorian Ball Gown in the World
Seamstress: "Anachronisticjenn.com"

"I was racking my brain for contest inspiration this year, and decided that it was finally time for me to cut my prize stash of embroidered silk. If I had to name this dress, I would call it "Bloody Rose". I got the idea of tying the sleeves together at the top of the shoulders from a small fashion plate in the Englishwoman's Domestic magazine, 1887. The center "stomacher" is also embroidered silk." JB

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USA Entry 15.) Dress: Striped Ballgown
Category: Best Ballgown in the World
Seamstress: Lady La Salle

"This may look like a black and white striped ballgown, but looks can be deceiving. The inspiration was the back of the fashion plate from 1879, but finding black and white striped silk fabric is a chore that I never want to undertake again. The closest that I came to it was this lovely charcoal gray and white silk taffeta. To give the illusion of black and white stripes, however, I decided that I would "stripe" my already striped fabric. I sewed a 2" piece of black chantilly lace down the center of each gray stripe, then flank it on either side with 3/8" wide black velvet ribbon on the border where the gray met the white stripe of the fabric. I did that to every stripe on the overskirt, bodice, and 75 percent of the underskirt, because I ran out of narrow black velvet ribbon, twice. The work and time involved to accomplish this was well worth it in the end. In all, I used 20 yards of silk taffeta fabric and another 20 yards of white broadcloth for lining, 350 yards (and that's not a typo) of 3/8" wide black velvet ribbon and could have easily used another 25 yards, 200 yards of 2" wide black chantilly lace, 36 yards of black crystal pleated lace edged with black chantilly lace, and 5 yards of 1" wide black velvet ribbon, 9 spools of black thread, 21 snaps, and 2 buttons. The heavily modified patterns I used were from Truly Victorian." Lady La Salle

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