I recently finished a very simple dress set from TV skirt pattern #290, "1889 Draped Skirt", and bodice pattern #464, "1883 Riding Habit." I have used both patterns many times and just love them. If I had a genie lamp to rub, I would wish to have the pattern drafting/sizing skills of the Truly Victorian company proprietor, LOL.
**As a side note, I think I may have recently acquired the actual antique pattern that Truly Victorian used to make the #464 skirt. I'm not sure, but this plate from the 1889 issue of La Mode Illustree that I have looks damn similar. It's the dress on the right:
|Showing the pink rayon lining inside, along with bias binding on the bottom edge. As you can see, I took this pic before I had a chance to trim and bind the armhole seams, LOL.|
|Showing the puffs as they appear on the outside|
|Showing the ribbon inside, which forms the back puffs. I like the fold the spot that will be stitched, then stitch through the two layers and the ribbons. =)|
|I made a pretty severe mistake with this, but didn't realize until construction was over. Even if I had the patience to tear everything apart and fix it, I couldn't. I used every scarp of fabric and there was nothing left =(|