1830s Hopeless Romantic Dress Reproduction
1830s romantic era dress was made originally for April 2014 Gaskell Ball. The Romantic Era is the era of big sleeves and big, funny hair. Over a dozen of us made 1830s dresses using the Truly Victorian TV455 pattern. It was fabulous!
1830s Hopeless Romantics at Gaskell Ball April 2014. Photo by Vivien Lee.
Later in March 2013, several of us wore our dresses again for PEERS Poe Ball. Here we are fawning over Mr. Poe.
1830s Hopeless Romantics at PEERS March 2015 with Poe. Photo by Vivien Lee. 1830s Hopeless Romantics at PEERS March 2015. Photo by Anthony Argyriou.

Pattern: Truly Victorian TV455 1830's Romantic Era Dress

Purple lavender silk dupioni flat-lined with purple poly/cotton. Sheer embroidered silk organza hem trim, partial bertha and sleeves. Sleeves have some net in them to make the pouf. Blue silk dupioni belt with sewn on faux buckle in front and bow in back, hook & eye in back. Dress has hidden side pockets. Skirt is pleated and attached to the bodice. Bodice front has gathered front, organza, and crossover pleating. Bodice back continues the pleating. Neck hem is piped and has silk organza trim. Back bodice and waist seams are piped. Originally dress had hooks and eyes in the back, but it gaped open. So, for second wearing, eyelets were handsewn in the back and dress was laced closed.

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Back with hooks and eyes gaped.
1830s reproduction lavender purple silk romantic era dress back with hooks and eyes gaped
Back with eyelets and lacing.
1830s reproduction lavender purple silk romantic era dress back with eyelet and lacing
Undersleeve before it was gathered to make big sleeve.
1830s reproduction lavender purple silk romantic era dress sleeve piece
Big hair
1830s Romantic Era Hair. Photo by Vivien Lee.
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Completed: 2014, Bodice back closure redone 2015