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item number #ALETHEA0006-20110226-01

1880 Natural Form silk taffeta Victorian Costume with 3 pieces

This is a reproduction of an 1880s "Natural Form" style dress (no bustle), which consists of 3 PCS, Tail bodice, training Skirt and Victorian style hat. Made of a luxurious light plum and gray-striped silk taffeta, this Victorian style dress is designed to be worn for Day or Evening. This dress has the richness that only silk taffeta can give, and presents a beautiful silhouette from any angle. The colors work well for all seasons!

BODICE: Victorian style bodice is made of a light plum silk taffeta and has 3 layers of gray cotton lining for stability. There is also boning in each seam. The gray and ivory silk taffeta is very complimentary to the plum color and makes up the side underarm panels, gathered trim at the shoulders and on the sleeves, as well as the fine pleating around the neckline. The pleating is set off with an ivory embroidered lace around the neck. Bodice closes with hook and eye.

SKIRT: Victorian style skirt is a 4 gored skirt with front and side gores made of the striped gray silk taffeta. The back training panel is made of the solid plum color. Each panel is flat lined with gray cotton and there is a draw string with channel at the rear to pull the skirt in or let it out. Pleated, lined sashes of gray silk cross each other on the back, ending in a large bow of the plum silk. There is a beaded plum tassel that hangs from the center of each bow. (See close up) The train has a 6 inch wide finely pleated ruffle of gray silk strip at the bottom.

HAT: The hat is a small gray wool bowler styled hat that is designed to sit perched on the hair. It has black net veiling and an elastic string to help hold it in place. There is a cluster of small plum feathers on one side, top.


A short note on the construction of my dresses... I always try to maintain an accurate representation of whatever period I am reproducing. All of my seams are pinked to prevent unraveling. I never use Velcro, fabric glue or zippers on the garments and proper interfacing is always used in the waistbands and collars to prevent rolling. I also adjust my patterns slightly to allow for more upper arm comfort than original patterns of this period provide. If a fabric easily unravels, I flat line each piece with a zig-zag stitch. USA shipping cost of $15.00 Buyer pays for priority shipping (based on item's weight and bulk), with insurance and tracking included! All sales are final. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have prior to purchase, and can send more photos upon request. Note: My international shipping rates are very reasonable, with no handling charges but buyers should contact me for a shipping quote prior to purchase.

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pieces 3 with Costume Victorian taffeta silk Form Natural 1880
pieces 3 with Costume Victorian taffeta silk Form Natural 1880
pieces 3 with Costume Victorian taffeta silk Form Natural 1880
pieces 3 with Costume Victorian taffeta silk Form Natural 1880
pieces 3 with Costume Victorian taffeta silk Form Natural 1880

Estimated Current size Approx.:

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SizeBustWaistWaist to hem in frontTrainEstimated condition rating
Large (11-12)38-40"32-33"40 1/2"59"New/ Mint.

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