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item number #CHRISTINE0010-20091014-01

SASS GOTHIC Mourning 1877 Victorian Natural Form Bustle Dress Costume CUSTOM MADE by Christine Hall

This is your chance to have a Gothic Mourning Victorian Natural form Bustle dress costume made especially to your measurements by stellar Victorian seamstress, Christine Hall!
Note by Christine:
"This Gothic Mourning Victorian Natural Form dress Costume has been re-made from an original Victorian dress I have in my inventory. This Victorian gown dates from the Natural Form era, c. 1877-1882. It was a process to make a pattern out of the original Victorian outfit, as the original was very fragile and falling apart. You really didn't want to touch the dress much before you understood how it was put together. Some parts were apart from the dress, and it was hard to figure out where they belonged. I had to try to match up seams and stitches in the material. I had lots of fun seeing how it was sewn and trimmed, all the time thinking about how old it really is!"


The Gothic Victorian Mourning Costume shown in the photos below is made entirely of beautiful black faille, trimmed with 68 buttons, with trimming of black cording and white lace. (although black lace can be substituted.)
Sass Victorian bustle dress costumeYour Victorian dress made in this style will be made in your choice of colors. Here's an example of some other color ideas.
The black fitted bodice buttons down the front with 13 buttons. It also has a unique trimming along the front, each point has been trimmed with black cording, and buttons. The same trimming has been lined down the lower back. The back hem also has a box-pleated trim, plus a bow with sashes. A cream lace jabot adorns the yoke front and the bodice can be worn with, or, without this jabot (again, it can also be made in black.). The bodice feature full length sleeves which have been trimmed with intricate cuffs made out of the faille fabric, ivory lace, cording and buttons. The bodice is fully lined, and underlined entirely with 100 percent cotton fabric. It's boned with steel boning.

The underskirt is made entirely of the black faille and a box pleated trim adorns the entire hem. The skirt closes at the side with hooks and eyes. The stunning overskirt is very intricately decorated. The front of the skirt has been hand-sewn into a quilted look. The sides of the quilted front are a layer of fabric which has points. Each point has black cording and buttons. The whole front also has been adorned with the cording and buttons. The back has several layers of fabric and box-pleated trims. Bows with sashes adorn the dress in various places, (front, back and sides). Please see pictures for details as it is so much to write about. If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to email me. The overskirt has ties at the back to adjust the back, and it closes at the side with hook and eye.

The matching black faille Victorian style hat is built on a buckram and wire frame. It also can be made with all black materials as would be worn for mourning or as shown, coming out of mourning. This Victorian costume hat is trimmed with much lace, feathers and flowers. This Victorian hat sits perched on top of your head, held in place with hat pins (not included).
If you would like to have this dress made in silk or other specialty fabrics, the price will increase depending on fabric availability and type, please email me for details.
If you would like to have this gown custom made to fit you, please contact Christine using the link below to discuss fabrics, measurements, etc and also any questions you might have regarding this outfit are all welcome, and she will get back to you right away.


Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery from the time Christine receives your payment and measurements for your Victorian costume. This time frame is just an estimate, and the time may possibly be shorter depending on availability of fabrics, etc. Please contact Christine for more details.
Brooch and jewelry not included, unless otherwise stated.

Price is: $1150

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Hall Christine by MADE CUSTOM Costume Dress Bustle Form Natural Victorian 1877 Mourning GOTHIC SASS

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