back of the bodice
Front of the bodice
Putting in the boning and playing around with
The boning is in, now I just need to finish the hems and sew in the sleeves. Sewing in the lace was all I could do while having the flu. The rest really will have to wait until I feel well enough. I really love the combination of the green with the white. Still not sure if I am bold enough to decorate the dress. I'm not a frilly kinda girl, bit strange maybe when you are into Victorian costuming, and I love the clean lines of my inspiration pieces.
(l) Posthumous portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria
attribute to Joszi Arpad Koppay ca.1898
(m)Maria Feodorovna wearing a fur-trimmed red dress
by François Flameng in 1894.
(r)Edith Kingdon Gould in her red Worth dress,
portrait by Théobald Chartran, 1898
I am still thinking of adding satin ribbon flowers or maybe some white fur to the heads of the sleeves though much like the brown fur in the portrait of Maria Feodorovna.