Last May when I was preparing for an adventure in Bath, I started exploring the early 1870s in depth to inspire an early bustle gown to wear to the ball. While researching I started to notice a particular color trend--especially in winter ensembles--that spoke to me.
|La Mode Illustree, 1871 (via)|
|La Gazette Rose, 1873 (via)|
|Illustrirte Frauen-Zeitung, 1874 (via)|
|La Toilette de Paris, 1870 (via)|
The green and gray are an elegant combination on their own, but that particular pairing has a special place in my heart as my house colors. And after seeing Emma's amazing Hufflebustle, I knew a Slytherin ensemble needed to happen.
|with my house crest outside the theater|
I am immensely pleased with my progress on this so far, and I'm excited to share the finished version soon! In the meantime, I'll leave you with the insides...because really, it doesn't get witchier than this.
|bodice construction: you can see the gray argyll flannel lining on the pinned piece|
|Pinning the bottom bag lining: an unintentional consequence of this approach is that the back pleats have serious body from the silk!|