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I found the pattern for my bustle in "Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1800-1909" by Jean Hunnisett. Model C. It's a beautiful bustle and very easy to make.
Beige cotton and crinoline steel were used. I placed the boning on the outside instead of on the inside, and used plastic boning along the grommets where it laces. The back piece (the bustle part) was made 2,5" wider to make the bustle bigger. I love it.

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A tiny sneak peek at a dress I made in the summer 2008. It's a natural form dress (no bustle) and the inspiration was, like always, Anna Karenina (1997). This one is actually not one of Anna's though. It was worn by Vronsky's sister at the horse race. I'm not too happy with the result of the bodice and I never found the right lace for the neckline. If I have the time, I'll be making a whole new bodice this summer.
I'll update you later on this one!

The original dress...

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This is my version of the dress Gwendolen wears in Daniel Deronda (2002). Although Gwendolen removes the jacket and uses the bodice underneath for a ball later the same evening, my bodice is one piece only. I have used two different upholstery fabrics and the only trim is the white cotton lace on the skirt and sleeves.
I don’t remember the patterns used for the bodice but it was most definitely from Truly Victorian. The skirt can’t be anything other than TV202 1869 Grand Parlor Skirt.
I bought the hat on ebay some years ago but it is too somewhat modified to get the look I wanted. The bow is not a longbow but a Hungarian bow.
The pictures were taken at Steninge Castle, Sweden.









Movie stills from Daniel Deronda - the archery scenes. Ramola Garai in the role as Gwendolen...



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When the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm announced that they were having a masquerade ball both my sister and I freaked. We had three weeks to make our designs, buy fabrics and sew, not to mention get masks. Since I love the 1997 version of Anna Karenina, I took most of my ideas from their ball scene having both Anna's and Kitty's dress in mind. For the apron I used a modified version of Truly Victorian's 1880 Hermione Overskirt in the same fashion Merja's did when she made her stunning red and white ball gown. The bronze silk came from Silkbaron and I bought the gold/cream paisley silk brocade at exclusive_silks. All patterns used are from Truly Victorian. Kid gloves from the thrift store Old Touch in Stockholm and the masquerade mask is a paper mask bought at Panduro, shaped and painted to match the dress. I'm a little sad that until this day I don't have any good shots from that evening of the dress but once I have I will post more. These are not properly "styled" either and there are some parts of the gown that needs fixing, the bodice was finished basically one hour before the ballet started and there a some safety-pins here and there!










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This is my Edwardian baby doll, her name is Julie. When I saw her on ebay I just knew I had to have her. She was (very much indeed) too expensive for me but I could not resist. Julie's measurements are 37-27-37 and since mine are 38-28-38 she really is an ideal mannequinn when draping skirts and so on. She is also a real pleasure to look at as you can see.



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This is a natural form petticoat I made this summer to wear under my "Horse racing dress". I will be using this one under all future natural form dresses cause I totally adore it. The design is based on a real garment seen on Ebay but I used Truly Victorian's TV225
1878 Fantail Skirt pattern as a base. There are a few tucks above the bottom lace but I'm affraid you can't tell that well from this picture. The original garment is made of more light weight cotton as you see in the picture below.



Current Location:
Stockholm
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This is my very own favorite dress. I made this ensemble in 2006 and wore it to an event that celebrated the Swedish railroad turning 150 years. The steam train in the background is BLJ 5 Thor for those interested. I bought the silk from exclusive_silks in India on Ebay and I've used patterns by Truly Victorian. Antique lace from Ebay as well. The bustle I'm wearing is the one I made using patterns from the book "Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Patterns for Women's dress 1800-1909". The overall inspiration is from a wonderful dress I saw on Ebay a couple of years ago (see picture at bottom).
Current Location:
Stockholm
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