As a long time antique dress collector I admired Victorian fashions only from the outside, sometimes wondering what it felt like to wear such unusual and decorative clothing. When I discovered groups of reenactors that dress in fabulous reproduction gowns I jumped at the chance to join a few organizations and enthusiastically began searching for the best seamstresses to create some awesome bustle gowns for me.
Some authentic touches that are included in these gowns are set back shoulder seams and fitted sleeves with a bend in the elbow.Being an antique dress collector I am very familiar with the details of authentic dresses.Having a seam at the center top of the shoulder seems to be a relatively new design in modern clothing, but the antique dresses that I own all have shoulder seams set back off center.Another feature in authentic antique dresses is the shape of the sleeve.Bustle bodices were meant to be worn tight.If sleeves are made straight you either couldn’t bend your arm or you would have a bulge where the sleeve meets the bodice. All of my antique Victorian dresses have straight sleeves with a bend sewn in at the elbow and the sleeves are actually cut longer in the back than in the front.
Events ~ At the bottom of this page is a link to view photos of some of the events we have attended.