Costumemid victorian costumes

by Heidi  • McCall's 5132  • Simplicity 9769 • McCall's 4745

corset, off white day dress (mid Victorian gown) & Yankee Uniform - more info on this costume coming soon - thanks for your patience while i update my website!

Civil War Gown (McCall's 5132) with Corset, Chemise and Drawers (Simplicity 9769) The hairstyle I used is from the blog The Lady's Guide. If you are curious about the construction details, there is a dress diary.
Scott's costume is a Union Army Uniform (McCall's 4745).

Civil War Dress McCall's 5132 Civil War Dress McCall's 5132

This is the chemise (or shift, or in more modern terms, the slip). It is worn underneath the corset and the drawers (or bloomers). It can either be tucked into the drawers or left untucked. Personally, I like ot wear it untucked because otherwise all that extra fabric is bunched up around the back and is both uncomfortable and ridiculous (as you can see below!).

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The corset is worn over the chemise and drawers. It takes about fifteen minutes to lace up the corset properly and take it in all the way. My waist was 29" before the corset went on, and the corseted measurment was 26". Woah! Too bad it is impossible to breathe in this thing.

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I didn't make my crinoline. Instead, I bought one on eBay for $26. Yes, it's cheating, but... $26!!!!! So cheap!!!

Civil War Crinoline Corset Civil War Underpinnings Underwear UndergarmentsCivil War Gown Civil War Southern Belle Victorian Gown 1860sCivil War Corset Gown Civil War Costumes Civil War Gown Civil War Gown

Note to self: Next time, try Simplicity 9761 (OOP).

Photographs copyright Time Travel Costumes 2010.

Civil War Union Army Uniform (McCall's 4745)

There is a costume diary for this project with details of the construction and the modifications I made to the pattern.

Civil War Union Uniform Blue Yankee Civil War Union Uniform Blue Yankee

Civil War Uniform Union Army Blue Yankee Civil War Uniform Union Army Blue Yankee

Photographs copyright Time Travel Costumes 2010.