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In about a month I am attending a wedding in a beautiful old cemetery. The theme is Victorian. There is no requirement to dress that way, but I couldn't stand the idea of not blending in with the cool kids.
One fake-and-bake Victorian coming right up. Thank the costuming gods for my corset and granny boot collection! At least *that* part isn't a concern.  ;)

My outfit is essentially a late 1880s walking dress with a slightly bustled skirt and a longish single breasted jacket. It is, of course, black on black on black.
I am planning to make a hat, one of the taller crowned of these-
So what should it be? More black on black (silk w/ velvet, or velvet w/ silk)? Should it be another color entirely? I have copper and bronze 'silk' saris that could be sacrificed but there is nothing to tie those colors in with the jacket and skirt.

What do y'all think?

The jacket is black wool trimmed with black velvet, the skirt is black cotton twill.
Will it look too weird if I add a more visually interesting over-skirt over the relatively dull cotton? Silk saris come to mind, as does the black and gold chenille brocade I've been hoarding. Or would that read as middle class with pretentious bad taste?
Unfortunately that's the best way I can think of to add a *big* chunk of color.

do you want to borrow a bustle?

Date: 2010-07-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have 2 bustles if you're interested.

Re: do you want to borrow a bustle?

Date: 2010-07-22 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What kind?
I'm currently borrowing Masae's bustle pad but the skirt tends to collapse below it. Don't know if there is room under the skirt for a cage. I need to make a bustle petticoat but that won't happen before the wedding.

Re: do you want to borrow a bustle?

Date: 2010-07-22 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
both are cages. Light weight - one is more late 1880s (narrower), the other 1870s.

Re: do you want to borrow a bustle?

Date: 2010-07-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd love to see if the 1880s cage would fit.
Could you bring it to FP or the next movie night?

Date: 2010-07-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What about black, either silk or velvet, with a bronze/copper accent like a band or feathers, then tie it in with some kind of bronze/copper accent on the jacket?

Date: 2010-07-22 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The jacket already exists so there isn't an easy way to add an accent.
Now if I was making it from scratch? That would be awesome!

Date: 2010-07-22 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was thinking of something like bronze or copper-y jewelry, a large broach or chains of some sort on the jacket. If you are not putting too much color on the hat then tying it in with jewelry should work and it would be subtle enough....
I'm all about the bling so of course I think that way ;-)

Whatever you do you are going to look awesome as usual! Please take photos!

Date: 2010-07-22 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, I get it. Hmmm... Not sure if I have anything big enough that would look right. Must ponder this.

Date: 2010-07-22 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fabric "flowers" are easy enough to make, and can be easily attached and just as easily removed from things...

Date: 2010-07-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good point. This Victorian thing is still pretty new to me, obviously.

Date: 2010-07-22 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If no one gets pics of us at the wedding we'll try to do a photo shoot later this year.
*I* certainly want a record of this outfit!


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