black print dress
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Dicken's dresses. Black print Dicken's era style dresses (mid 1800s). Images will show bodice plain and decorated. Black is usually reserved for widows and mourning in Victorian times so the color choice for these dresses may not be correct. Black print fabric had originally been used to make matching slimmer skirts. Another width of fabric was added to make skirts full enough for hoopskirt.

Items constructed for this costume:

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Black flannel/brushed cotton bodice with black print yoke and flange that crosses in back. Self piping on yoke, armsceye, side seam. Hook and eye front closure with pearlized buttons. Peplum, sleeves and flange lined with black cotton/poly. Black fringe trim and black and burgandy ribbon.

Pattern: McCalls M5132. Alterations include separating the yoke to utilize two different fabrics and sewing the piped pieces into the seams instead of tacking on afterwards.

With fringe:
bodice bodice

With ribbon and collar:
bodice bodice

Bodice 2

No trim on second bodice but sides were adjustable with buttonhole lacing and black ribbon.


Black print cotton gathered skirt with set in waistband, back/side hook and eye closure, hidden pockets on seams.

Skirt 2

Second skirt similar but with drawstring inside waistband with grossgrain ribbon.


White cotton print sleeves with elastic casing at top, band of lace, and lace cuffs with pearlized buttons.
sleeves detail
Slim version of skirt

Previous Incarnation

Previously skirts had been slimmer and worn with red satin embossed modern style tops.

Completed: August 2006