Victorian 1850's style evening dress for Gaskell's fashioned after a fashion print from Moniteur de la Mode c. 1855.

The finished skirt looks very similar to the fashion plate. However, the bodice differs from the plate in several ways. Bodice neckline is more off the shoulder in the plate. Bertha should be longer and sheer may have been gathered down on lower edge. The sleeves should be more slender without noticeable gathering on sleeve or embroidered trim.

Moniteur de la Mode Plate 1855

The Inspiration

Fashion plate from Moniteur de la Mode c. 1855.
bodice bodice


Rose pink polyester satin, boned, off-the-shoulder bodice with embroidered sheer ruffles on neckline and over gathered bertha, back lacing through buttonholes, and purchased ribbon bows over gathered sleeves with embroidered sheer on cuff. Ribbon drawstring on neckline and hem.
Major alterations from base McCall's M4744.

Finished Interior Measurements
Bust approx: 36"
Waist: 27"




Rose pink polyester satin skirt with two layers of embroidered sheer, cartridge pleated, hidden side pockets, hook and eye back closure. Detachable ribbon and artificial flowers tied to sides with ribbon loops.

Finished Measurements:
Waist: 27"
Length: 37"
Hem Circumference: 116"

How much did it cost?

Approximate cost to have this dress made
Description Item Amount   Price per Item Cost
Fabrication (Sewing) Labor hr
Fabric 60" wide yd
Sheer embroidered both edges yd
Drill yd
Grossgrain ribbon 1" spool
Artificial flowers bunch
Hooks & Eyes pkg
Thread spool
Pattern ea
Pink ribbon yd
Ribbon lacing spool
Seam binding pkg
Boning yd
Tax @ 7.75%
Total Approximate Cost

Completed: June 2006