The Challenge: #8 UFOs & PHDs
Fabric: Cotton velvet, matelassé, quilted satin
Pattern: Ageless Patterns #1180
Notions: Grosgrain ribbon, velvet gimp trim, thread, hooks and eyes
How historically accurate is it? Fairly accurate in the silhouette and natural fabrics, but has some redesign for ease of wear.
Hours to complete: 30 minutes once the project was picked up again
Project started: May 2011
Project completed: April 2014
First worn: April 26, 2014 in a Victorian Fashion Show
Total cost: It's been so long I truly don't remember.
Bangor, Maine is also the home of author Stephen King, and I imagined wearing this costume to some frightfully scary Halloween events! But work was so hectic that all I got was this photo of the front of the King home with its completely awesome spider and bat fencing and gate.
Also spent some time finishing the jacket lining and back flaps.
And the last piece was the vest. To match the print I decided to make the vest removable and therefore changeable. The jacket is also fairly warm with the cotton lining under cotton velvet, so I made the vest with a complete front and grosgrain ribbon back.
Here are some finished photos including one with The Mina Hat I made for Challenge #7 Tops & Toes, gloves, reticule, boots, and a vintage parasol with horseshoe handle. This costume is now completely complete after almost 3 years!