So firstly, yes, it's blue!! She knew exactly what she wanted when she first came to me, which made the whole production extremely easy. She showed me some photos she'd googled, and it soon became apparent she wanted something epicly Victorian-inspired. At which point I got immediately excited!
So we looked up some patterns we could use, and settled on two from Truly Victorian - TV170 for the petticoat, and TV361 for the bustle; and one I had in my stash - Simplicity 5457 - for the apron. The overskirt is just a simple gathered skirt I took from another in my stash - Simplicity 4092. The corset was made by a professional corset-maker in Christchurch - Abbey at Forge Fashion, but it didn't quite turn out the way Rebecca initially wanted it so we had to tweak it a bit.
There is SO much to this dress, and before I handed it over, I documented every single layer, hook, and trick so I could show you all.
First up, we have the black cotton underskirt.
And hooks on the inside of the overskirt and the outside of the petticoat:
So they too could also be hooked up and out of the way.
Resulting in a much easier ensemble to dance in, and a freaking awesome visual if you ask me:
Here it is in action:
Lastly, here is a view of the front of the dress in all it's full glory, just for good measure.
I'm not too happy with how the bodice of my own dress turned out, however - it really needed some interfacing. But I learnt from that and will know for next time...
So there you have it, folks! The much awaited Epic Bridal Gown. I am VERY stoked with it. :)