Thursday, January 26, 2012


Considering my poor memory and my unwillingness to look back at my past posts I can't recall as to whether or not you are aware of my (much too quickly) upcoming nuptials.  I'm to be married August 18th to the man who has fulfilled every wish I ever had for a husband. At the risk of gushing, he truly is the man of my dreams.
We've planned a Victorian style wedding which makes the traditional white dress from the bridal shop a not going to happen.  Instead I have grand plans of making my own gown, and the pattens of which I will be using arrived today.  Now I just need to start panicking about fabric.  I can't find the perfect shade of iridescent peacock blue/green, but when I found an "it will do" shade, it ended up being $40 dollars a yard.  (Falls into faint, somebody bring the smelling salts!)  Oh, did I mention that I need 12 yards of one color and 5 of another? So the search continues...until I panic and decide I may as well pay the $40.

Anyway, I wanted to share these wonderful patterns that I got from Truly Victorian.   Their patterns are historically correct while being modified to come together rather easily.  The patterns are provided on thick butcher paper with a multitude of sizes available and are fairly reasonably priced as far as non-mass market patterns go.  Pardon my blurry photos while I show you what I've got to look forward to.
We begin from the foundation up.  This is the petticoat that has channels that will hold these.
These are my bum wires that will provide the support for my bodacious bustle.

My bodice.  I'll be altering this to just have  a hint of ruffle and flower at the straps rather than sleeves.  I want my neckline rather simple because one of my "borrowed" items is going to be vintage pearls from Lewis' side of the family. 
A four gored skirt pattern, I'm making mine like the small inset version in the upper right corner, I'll be adding so much other stuff, I'm keeping it's lines fairly simple.
Sorry this picture turned out the worst.  This is the butterfly bustle that I'm going to wear for the ceremony.  It's completely detachable so it will get taken off and replaced with an over skirt (of which I forgot to take pictures of) for the celebrating afterwards to make it more convenient. 
I wish I could find the fabric for it so I can get to work, but at least I can start the petticoats.  More wedding preparations to follow. 


  1. Oh, oh, oh! This is going to be beautiful! This is where I bought the patterns for that dress I did last year. Good luck, you'll have fun!

  2. Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)