Last week’s 1820s mourning dress received a rather unanimous opinion: you really, really liked the overall effect, but that trim was just a wee bit off…or a lot off. So, for gorgeous use of fabrics, but badly applied trim, the dress came in at 8.2 out of 10.
Personally, I rather liked the peculiar hem trim, simply because it was so weird and imperfect. It made it interesting, and accessible: I found the lack of perfection and refinement, without the least bit of overt vulgarity, quite refreshing.
This week, with the Historical Sew Fortnightly Shape & Support challenge, I present a garment that would require a lot of shaping from a corset, and support from a bustle:
This early 1880s asymmetrical day ensemble was worn by a student in the first graduating class of Smoth College. It’s an interesting balance of aesthetic, fabric, and colour. The tailored, masculine bodice, with its flat, almost aggressive, appliqued embellishment gives way to an intensely feminine lower half, all bows, swags and pleating, with the sensible beige wool peeling back to reveal delicate floral silks.
What do you think? Too peculiar and disjointed? Or an fascinating blend of shapes, textures and colours?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.