muffincostumes (muffincostumes) wrote,

Edwardian Fashion at the Biltmore Estate

For my birthday, my parents gave me tickets to the Biltmore Estate - the North Carolina version of Highclere Castle - so that I could attend the "Dressing Downton" exhibit that's on through May. Best. Present. EVER! So of course, I knew I had to go in costume. My birthday present to myself was this Edwardian-inspired dress made using Simplicity 1517, and I had an absolute blast debuting it last Saturday!

There are still some alterations that I'd like to make before I consider it "finished," namely: adjusting the straps on the corset to fit more tightly, attaching the overdress to the bodice so that it's all one piece, and tacking the lace sleeves to the corset straps. I definitely need to iron the hem on the skirt and potentially add a border for length since I seem to have cut it a tad too short, but I may leave it as it is. Before I wear it again, I'd like to find some nice, period-appropriate hair piece and make/ buy a purse that goes with the outfit better than the basic, black velvet purse I brought along to carry my phone and my money. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Tags: downton abbey, edwardian fashion

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