Victorian Dress Pattern: Artistic Classical / Grecian Dress Sewing Pattern for 1880 - 1895, 1880-29

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Super simple construction! This Victorian era pattern was created by me, Deb Salisbury, owner of The Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns.
It includes 12 pages of instructions with historical tips and quotes, and 3 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag. All sizes 2 - 30 are included. Bust 30" to 61".

The draped over-dress would be worn over an under-dress, so I’ve included an optional, very simple under-dress pattern based on a written description.

This dress would have been worn at home, or as visiting, reception, dinner or evening wear, or as a masquerade costume. Artistic dress was intended to be loose and natural. It grew out of the Reform and Aesthetic Movements, where both men and women tried, with limited success, to introduce rational clothing for women. Part of the point was to abolish corsets – or at least encourage women to avoid tight lacing.

In some circles, Grecian-style dress became very popular. It could be used as ball gown, party dress, or dinner dress. In these venues, at corset and a bustle might be worn. The combination of Greek dress with a bustle often produced politely-concealed (usually) amusement.

Different versions of classical Greek dress were often used as fancy dress in masquerade and tableaux costumes. Morning, Butterfly, Agriculture, and Art were popular in classical dress, as well as Hera, Artemis / Diana, and most other Greek and Roman goddesses.

Please read all instructions before touching your fabric. There are tips along the way to make your life easier!

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Average review
AS described. I modified the draping on the dress, but it was a great starting point. Thanks!
Nov 14, 2016 by Kristina DiGiacomo
Jun 18, 2012 by A fellow maker

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