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Rate the Dress: 1830s puffs on sleeves & skirt

So many historical costumers are sewing 1830s, and I want to be sewing 1830s, but I can’t start any new projects until my already started ones are finished, so I’m consoling myself by finding interesting Romantic-era fashions – like this week’s Rate the Dress Last week: an 1890s dress in plum and leaf print chiné What an interesting reaction to last week’s Rate the Dress! Ratings ranging from 10-2, and everything in between (except 7). It was described as being suitable for a “surreal pseudovictorianish comical dystopia” or perfect for “a posh British lady going to Australia for the first time.” (which is interesting, because it rather reminds me of the better costumes in the generally terribly costumed 2018 ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ TV series). And “unfortunate”… The Total: 7 out of 10 It finally gets that 7! This week: An 1830s evening gown This 1830s evening gown comes in classical white, with sleeves that Anne would envy (albeit a half century early), a flourish of embroidered greenery around the hem, a perky bow in the …

Two-piece day ensemble, 1894-1895, silk taffeta, Gift of the Manlove Family, FIDM 2006.870.19AB

Rate the Dress: 1890s foliage

Last week’s Rate the Dress was extremely revealing, and rather incomplete. This week I’ve got in the opposite direction, with a very covered up 1890s dress, that even comes with its original matching hat. Last week: a ca. 1908 evening dress covered in metallic embroidery & beading The vast majority of you adored last weeks dress, and appreciated the way it melded historical references (medieval sideless surcoats & neoclassicism) with an extremely modern feel that wouldn’t be out of place on today’s red carpets. You correctly noted that the dress was missing a very important feature: an underdress which filled in the neckline, and the sheer gates-of-hell-esque side mesh. And then, a few of you thought it was terribly tacky… The Total: 9.2 out of 10 (I’m mildly amused that this weeks rating is 8.4 – both numbers that always look like they are pregnant to me!) This week: an 1890s dress in plum and leaf print chiné Today’s pick is a classic 1890s day dress, though the choice and combination of fabric make it rather …

Rate the Dress: All that Glitters, 1908

Last week’s Rate the Dress was so dark and heavy that I really wanted a light coloured, light feeling frock to balance it out. I couldn’t find something that was as light and frothy as I’d hoped – but this beaded and be-spangled ca. 1908 evening gown is certainly a contrast to last week. Last week: a very short-waisted ca. 1855 afternoon dress No consensus on whether the dress might have been a maternity gown, but lots of discussion of the non-mirrored front (as expected – not a point winning feature). The general feeling was the fabric was so lovely, and the dress was overall rather elegant. The Total: 8.4 (I’m mildly amused that this weeks rating is 8.4 – both numbers that always look like they are pregnant to me!) This week: a ca. 1908 evening dress covered in metallic embroidery & beading Augusta Auctions describes this strikingly beaded frock, with its streamlined silhouette, as a ball gown. With that elaborate train, it’s not exactly practical for dancing, but it definitely would have been worn …