Ohmigosh. I started working on my Victorian bathing suit costume over the weekend. It is insanely adorable. I want to pinch its metaphorical cheeks. LOOK at it:
There’s no doubt a bathing suit like that would make any woman feel youthful. I feel like a five-year-old in this get-up. Those sleeves? Too. Freaking. CUTE. So anyway, as you can see, I decided to make a dress instead of separates, and I also opted for taffeta instead of wool. Taffeta was equally as popular as wool back in the day AND I got it for $1.50/yd at the fabric warehouse. ‘Nuff said. The dress is almost complete – it just needs a collar and buttons up the back. I’m also making a matching sash to wear at the waistline. Add a pair of bloomers and my costume is ready!
My one concern is that people will think I’m a maid. *Rolling eyes* I know it’s going to happen and it irritates me to no end. I’m going to add an anchor patch to the center of the bodice, and I’ve got a white lace parasol that I’ll carry to sort of urge people in the right direction, but then they’ll probably think I’m dressed as a little kid. Whatever. Their loss, right? This costume is genius, people. GENIUS!
I strayed a little from my original plans of construction (if you’re following along, desperate to make your own Victorian bathing suit/maid/little kid costume). I found I didn’t need the skirt pattern at all – I just lengthened and fanned out the bottom of the shirt pattern to the length I wanted. So much easier. I also decided to lose the sleeve cuffs and instead attach the hem to a shorter sleeve lining. I’ll do the same on the bloomers to make them extra full. I absolutely love how this is shaping up, and I can’t wait to get back to work tonight!