burgandy silver evening dress
back Victorian 1850's style burgandy taffeta evening dress with silver accents for Gaskell's Victorian dance.
burgandy silver evening dress
front bodice back bodice


Burgandy polyester taffeta, boned, off-the-shoulder bodice with back black satin ribbon lacing through buttonholes, silver pleated bertha with back hook and eye closure, ruffled silver around neckline and on puffed sleeves, same fabric oversleeves and piping on top and bottom edges, back placket, underarm/bust pads (fills in the space between underarm and bust).
Pattern: Simplicity 5724.

This pattern has very limited arm mobility. Arms end up in a down position which was very fashionable at the time. Changed the undersleeve to a gathered puff which gives a little more movement but arms still cannot be moved above the head.


Burgandy polyester taffeta gathered skirt with hidden side pockets, back hook and eye closure, drawstring on waistband, 5 flounces, silver polyester ribbon band on top of flounces.
Before flounces were added, plain skirt looked like this:
plain underskirt
overskirt overskirt


Burgandy polyester taffeta gathered skirt, back hook and eye closure, drawstring on waistband, ruffle on bottom edge. Silver polyester on edge and on sides. Silver bows on sides with purchased flowers.
composite with new skirt

Base dress: December 2006 approx 15.5 hrs
Overskirt and underskirt: February 2007 approx 14.25 hrs