And For A Little More 1883 Harper’s Bazar…

This is a continuation of a project that I’ve been working on for myself starting back last Fall. and it’s provided inspiration to a bridal dress project I’m currently working on that will be made in ivory.


Do you ever have a “dress crush” and you have to have it at all costs? I waited for a few years until the one perfect fabric came my way, and then I pounced on it!

Pattern matching fun…can you find all the areas that I used that concept? It was fun!

To the eye, this era appears to looks “upholstered”, but it’s deceivingly lightweight when done correctly. Everything is hand tacked in place, there’s not much of a chance of this gown flowing in a breeze.  🙂 Stay tuned for more updates! 

1883 Harper’s Bazar Day Dress Project…

Finally, pictures of my 1883 Harper’s Bazar gown completed with train attached. Three coordinating silks, original button suite and lace. We’re currently making this style for a bride (in ivory) and adapting it for other client orders. Patterning from original pattern sheets is difficult, but it’s all a part of our evolution to achieve the perfectly authentic shape…and it allows me to “enjoy the journey” a bit more.

And Still More 1890s Style…(We’re On A Roll Here)

Yes, we’re on a roll here…it seems to be shaping up into 1890s week (or maybe month). Here’s another great dress we came across while looking for something completely different (funny how that always seems to happen). For today’s consideration is this ball gown that was made by Pingat sometime around 1894:

Pingat, Ball Gown, c. 1894; Museum of Fine Arts Boston (56.816)

Rear View

As ball gowns go, this is a relatively simple design with a minimum of trim (mostly beading on the front bodice), relying instead on combinations of lace, and silk satin to achieve its effect.  With roses strategically placed on the skirt front, collar and shoulder, there are pops of color that offset the blush pink/ivory silk satin. The gigot sleeves combined with gored skirt definitely place this dress safely in the mid-1890s and create the classic hourglass style that was typical of the period. Overall, as with many of Pingat’s designs, this is elegant and clean and would definitely make an excellent bridal gown. Although best know for his outerwear, Pingat also produced many elegant dress designs- ball gowns, evening/reception dresses and day dresses and this is just one excellent example.