Victorian peacock dress

10 Feb

Today I´m sharing a dress I made last year with you. I wanted a victorian dress from ca. 1880, where the natural form tornure was popular. The dresses had no bustle with boning underneath the skirt, just a light padding with bumpads.

ImageThe dress took me a few months to complete with the underwear and the hat. I used silk dupioni for the main dress and the corset, voile for the chemise and cotton for the underskirt. The skirt has yards over yards of folds on the hemline.

ImageSorry for the messy hair, I had like 5 minutes to change into the dress and do my hair. The hat was a mini straw hat I bought at Nehelenia. I draped the silk with long narrow pleats to lie flat on the top part. It has a hair comb on one side, so it doesn´t slide off my head while moving.


I didn´t like any of the patterns for the apron overskirt I found, so I drafted it myself. The waist closes with a skirt hook, so the ties are really just to underline the shilloutte. On the side are 3 decorative buttons made out of the purple dupioni.ImageHere is a close up of the bodice, it took me a few trys to get the fit right, the pattern was an original from 1880, and the body shape was a lot different than now.

ImageThis picture was taken at a different photo shoot with my cousin schildgroede, but you can see the corset. I used Silverado pattern from Truly victorian.

I really enjoyed making this ensemble from the underwear to the hat. Now I only need an occasion to wear it 🙂


Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Fancy, Historical


3 responses to “Victorian peacock dress

  1. Jennifer Williams

    July 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I really this dress! The colors and lines are beautiful. I’m trying to make a dress that is similar. I’ve been looking at the Truly Victorian patterns and I can’t find an apron overskirt I like either. How did you draft your pattern? I like that long fall in the back but the shorter apron in the front. I’m kind of a beginner at making historical clothes, so I don’t know if you can just take two different skirt patterns and put them together or not!!!


    • Suzie

      July 27, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Thank you 🙂 For the apron front I took the front piece from the Saloon girl pattern from Laughing moon and adjusted the draping to my needs. The back is entirely self-drafted. If you send me your email I can take a few pictures from the apron, so you can see how it´s constructed. In theory you can put to different skirts together, but for sure it will need some alterations. Hope that helps you!

      • jhwilliams73

        July 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm


        Thanks for the email. I really appreciate it — I am so new at this! I would love for you to send me pictures.




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