This gown was inspired by styles worn in Spain and America during the early 1870′s.
The gown is made of a dark red heavy silk type fabric with a contrasting black embossed center panel. The top of the sleeves are sewn out of the same fabric as the center, but the lower halves of the sleeves are a sheer chiffon style fabric.
On the front of the bodice there is an overlay of a lace style design that has been sewn on to give the dress texture and detail. Hand embroidery was done down the front along the edge of the black panel.
The back of the gown has been bustled to achieve the silhouette that was beginning to become popular in the late 1860’s. I loved doing this style because it was new to me….I hadn’t done a bustle before so I thought I’d give it a try.
The gown is worn with a large crinoline and black corset…sorry no pictures yet.
I found most of my inspiration for this gown from the costumes in the Zorro movies and other historical styles.
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