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Victorian Inspired Pink and Burgundy Bustle Dress

This costume was a custom design requested by a customer as a commission. It was a unique custom order that we worked on together in order to achieve the design aesthetic she was looking for. Fabrics include burgundy silk taffeta and pink water wave taffeta that had a lovely drape to it. 

Costume included a full skirt with pleated hem detail, bustle skirt attachment and ornate bodice with collar. 


Buttons are a bronze metal that have a filigree look to them. Costume is worn with a complete set of Victorian Underpinnings. 

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Victorian inspired Underpinnings

corset and bustle Set 

This set of underpinnings was inspired by historical styles of the Victorian Era. I used cotton blend fabrics and a silk blend fabric for the corset. Bustle pillow pad was layered with lace to give it a lovely silhouette. Lace was also used along the hem of the cotton petticoat. 

Costume set included fully boned corset, cotton chemise, cotton petticoat and bustle pillow. Chemise and petticoat have a tone on tone floral print. 

More details of the costume set can be seen below. This was worn with the Victorian Inspired Pink and Burgundy Dress. 

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Sherlock holmes inspired costume

For this costume my costumer wanted a coat and hat set inspired by Sherlock Holmes. I used a classic wool blend look fabric and a wool blend fabric with subtle plaid for the hat lining. The Buttons are a vintage style resin that mimics the look of the fabric texture. A pointed collar and attached cape-let style really accents that Sherlock vibe. Of course any Sherlock costume wouldn't be complete without an authentic pipe.

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irene adler hot pink dress

I have long admired Adler's hot pink dress from the movie Sherlock Holmes (2009). One of my favorite things the costume designer did with this dress the fact she took a classic Victorian shape and made it from hot pink silk satin. All the details are simple so that the fabric stands out. The color is such vibrant hue that it was surely a deliberate choice of Adler's to be an unique color in the women's fashions of the time. She wanted to stand out. 15 yards of hot pink satin made up this Victorian style dress.

Costume includes a skirt, bodice and bustle. The front of the bodice is finished off with a row of antique bronze buttons.

Back of the Dress is the real statement here. With a full Victorian bustle and gathered puffed up satin. The bustle is fully supported with padded bustle form in historical fashion. This allows for the bustle to bounce back perfectly even after sitting down. 


electric blue victorian dress

This Electric Blue Victorian Dress was inspired by the one described in Sir Arthur's Sherlock Holmes story titled "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches". In that tale Miss Hunter wears an electric blue dress of a brilliant satin fabric. So with that small description this dress was created. The detailed front of the dress is accented with vintage silver buttons and a classic Victorian bodice shape. Skirt front features a lovely draped center front. A full skirt completes the look while a pointed collar draws the eye upward. The back of the dress is a slightly bustled and features rows of ruffles and gathered fabric. For a more fitted look the bow in the back pulls in the bodice.

The back of the dress is a slightly bustled and features rows of ruffles and gathered fabric. For a more fitted look the bow in the back pulls in the bodice.