Dress #043: Victorian dress in lavender
This hand stitched Victorian paper dress is made from Japanese paper embellished with glass beads, and is based on an American dress from Strawbridge & Clothier's Quarterly' (vol. 2, no.1, Spring 1883). The catalogue describes it as an “Embroidered French Gingham Dress Pattern, containing 18 yards of best gingham, and 9 yards of embroidery’, all for only $7!
To recreate the look of the lace tiers of the skirt, and the lace edging of the top, I layered Japanese mizutama watermark tissue in dark rose over a shimmering lilac paper. Hand-embroidered lines imitate the seams and folds of the dress; it is stitched onto cold-pressed 100% cotton paper. It was the completely ridiculous shape of the skirt that drew me to this dress; can you image trying to walk – or sit! – in such a creation?
The dress is six inches tall, stitched by hand on 8x10 inch paper, which means that it will pop right into any commercial frame in that size, and be ready to hang on your wall.Materials: Japanese paper, glass beads, and cotton floss on cotton paper.