Cosplay & Historic Dresses

Tournure Ballgown

This dress was originally meant to be an Crinoline dress inspired by the series “North and South”, but ended up in my wardrobe for several years, because I did not like the idea to wear a huge skirt “like a princess”. It had two bodices – one for day wear and one with a low neckline for balls and formal occasions. Finally, I made another bodice for evening wear, which can be seen on the second article about this bustle, and added a flounce to the ballgown.

But this did not solve the problem, so I started to cut the skirt into pieces and made a bustle skirt. It was not easy to place all the pattern pieces on three widths of fabric. Actually, I had to make two skirts – one tablier (the small skirt you can see on these two photos) and a long skirt, both with flounces round the hem. In addition, I could find some leftover fabric from the Riding Habit. Due to the fact that the day I took the photos was a bit rainy, I did not want to wear the white skirt. As a result, I tried the one already suiting the decoration. Further, I had to lift up the skirt in the back, because the skirt was still longer than the bustle. I wear it over a chemise, the named bustle, an underskirt with flounces and a corset.

Karonüre 1 700



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