The “Bead Weekly” Titanic Dress
So, I ultimately didn’t sew much of my final Titanic dress. Down to the wire, I picked up a vintage bridesmaid dress in yellow to go under the hundred year-old gown that I purchased at Alameda. I did sew the belt, sash and train, albeit without any pattern. The real work came with the beading. Oh my, so much beading! In all, it took about twenty hours to construct those minor parts of the dress. I think it took about a hundred hours to deal with all my false starts and ideas!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a whole lot of photographs of me actually wearing the gown. The one above and below are really the best shots of what I looked like all put together (and even then I forgot to put my gloves on for the photographs). So, you’ll just have to deal with the last two photographs in this post to get an idea of the gown in its entirety.
At the event, I actually felt underdressed. As I imagined, the gowns worn to the dinner were very rich and dark hues. Despite not looking as fancy as everyone else, I think that the simplicity of the dress helped the original garment stand out. Considering how few occasions I have to wear a hundred year-old dress, I’m okay with my decision.
Here’s a view of the back of the gown. The fact that my corset is peeking through the back is proof that lady’s maids were totally merited. Mrs. O’Brien would have totally caught that detail.
Another look of my train and the beaded sash. Originally the sash was going to go across my chest but I ended up opting on simplicity and attached it to the back. Pardon the wrinkles, but I took the shot after I’d been sitting on it all night.
Another detail of the beading. I did this all free-form and although it was a real pain, I want to do more beading!
The full length of the sash:
The front of the belt/sash. I’m totally proud of that bead fringe I did! I was beading that up until the hour before I needed to get dressed. The brooch I had in my collection already, first seen worn with my Gatsby Summer Afternoon outfit from last September.
Those last two photos are Copyright (C) Richard Man, richardmanphoto.com.