1890’s Day Dress, the “Pumpkin” Gown, Photos

17 Nov

Today I have some photos of my completed Orange Taffeta Dress to share! We photographed it in it’s natural habitat – a pumpkin patch!

These aren’t my favorite costume photos (I probably prefer last years) but I’m just happy we got some that were usable. The day we photographed this it was insanely windy to the point where the dress wouldn’t lay out properly. And since it was so difficult to control the dress I wasn’t comfortable walking in the dusty or potentially muddy areas, which left us with limited background options.

Luckily we managed to get a few I really like – though I would like to get more photos of it in calmer weather in the future, it has a lovely silhouette when it isn’t being battered by wind!

Construction notes about this dress and hat can be found here, here, and here. It was worn over a steel boned 1880’s style corset which was made from a pattern from “Corsets & Crinolines” by Norah Waugh. The skirt is supported by two petticoats that were taken up by three inches the night before this shoot so they would sit properly underneath the skirt. I also wore it with these boots* – you can’t see them in the photos, but they made me feel more authentic which has to count for something.

Now onto the photos!



This one is my favorite. I love how the light catches the feather, and the waistline makes me feel better about how uncomfortable the stupid corset was!



The abundance of “looking off into the distance” shots has to do with it being really sunny and that being the only way I could fully open my eyes.




And that’s it! Thanks for reading – a new “Making of” post should be up tomorrow!


Posted by on November 17, 2016 in 19th century, Completed Costumes


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16 responses to “1890’s Day Dress, the “Pumpkin” Gown, Photos

  1. Victoria @RufflesandGrace

    November 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Love this! Such gorgeous handiwork! Blessings, Victoria

  2. Marilyn

    November 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What a gorgeous dress. You did such a wonderful job. You are so talented. That color is stunning.

  3. Laidig

    November 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Longing for the day to model/play dress up in clothes like these 🙂

  4. Heather

    November 18, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Lovely! Really nice work!

  5. Betty Springer

    November 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Loooove this dress



  6. Geri Walton

    November 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Great looking gown. Pretty color.

  7. Susan Krzywicki

    November 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Magical. The color of the dress against your skin is amazing. And the rounded “pumpkin” sleeves are charming with the pumpkin background.

  8. Nanik

    November 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Fabulous!! I love this color! You look amazing in this dress!!

  9. quinnmburgess

    November 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Stunning color! I love the background of the pumpkin patch! And I have a fondness for 1890s dresses with crazy big sleeves, so this is just fun to see all around.


  10. DeForest Bearse

    November 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Stunning as always!

  11. Ellie

    November 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It looks brilliant, and I love the photos!

  12. Hannah

    December 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    l love it!! It really reminds me of one of the costumes from the Crimson Peak movie

  13. lekcje plywania warszawa

    September 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    super witryna


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