1886 Champagne Fancy Dress Costume

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The Concept

An 1886 fancy dress costume:  champagne.  Based on the description in Fancy Dresses Described : or, What to Wear at Fancy Dress Balls (1887) and an 1886 fashion plate from La Mode Illustrée.

The suggested description reads, “Black velvet skirt; cuirasse bodice of old gold satin, with black sleeves. On the head an old gold and green satin cap with rows of gold braid, a large white satin label on front of skirt, printed with ‘Jules Mumm, Rheims. Very dry,’ or any suitable label. Or, skirt of olive silk; cuirasse bodice of gold tissue; taper waist; head-dress, green and gold, banded with wire.”

The Fabric & Trim

The bodice will be in champagne gold silk shantung, the skirt will be in bottle green silk shantung and dark green cotton velvet. Still figuring out trimming, but I want it to be something along the lines of the fashion plate, in champagne/gold, to suggest bubbles!

The Pattern

Draped by me.

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