I Made an 1890s Ball Gown Using Victorian Sewing Methods

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Prints and sundry paper-based merch items of this gown sketch are now available!

Previous videos in this series:
Fabric shopping for materials:
Bust bodice:
Bustle pad:

Books mentioned, including ‘Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques’ and Bertha Banner’s ‘Household Sewing With Home Dressmaking’ can be found on my bookshop.org list of suggested dress history book recommendations:
Please note that these are affiliate linked, so bookshop.org give me a commission for orders placed through here.
‘Household Sewing with Home Dressmaking’ by Bertha Banner can also be accessed digitally for free at:

Patterns of Fashion Volume 2, Janet Arnold. NOTE that the Patterns of Fashion books are currently out of print as the rights transfer between publishers and new books are reprinted. Books 1-4 are presently very difficult to find, and VERY expensive if you do; if you can wait until c. end of this/early next year, new copies will be available at regular (~ £35) price. Volume 5 can presently be purchased at

Velvet – New York Elegant Fabrics, NYC
Silk taffeta – New York Elegant Fabrics, NYC
White chiffon – New York Elegant Fabrics, NYC
Synthetic baleen – 4mm x 1mm: Burnley & Trowbridge (
Cotton bias tape – Bias Bespoke (
Tarlatan – Regular weight, Takach Press (
Hooks and eyes – Steinlauf & Stoller, NYC
Silk thread for stitching – Steinlauf & Stoller, NYC
Buttonhole silk thread – John Lewis, London

Machine is a hand-turned Singer machine manufactured in 1891.

Useful Tools for Those So Inclined:
(Please note that these are affiliate links)
-Clear 18-inch ruler:
-Steel-headed straight pins:
-Every size & weight needle you will probably ever need:
-My most favorite (& stupidly fiddly) #10 sharps, the tiniest needles:
-Ye Trusty Olde 8” shears (tartan ribbon not included):
-Those wee bird snips that literally everyone seems to have:
-(But I’ve also just found these that are a unicorn and I am severely tempted; I should not be trusted with Amazon:
-French Curve:

Filming equipment:
The first half of this video is shot mostly on the Canon G7x Mark II ( with the slow-motion shots on the Canon EOS M50 ( The latter half of this video is shot with the Sony ZV1 (
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro.
All music licensed from epidemicsound.com.

Portrait of Lord Cesario and the Mona Liza by Dani Banner. Video of Cesario’s portrait being painted here:

Portals to Other Realms:
Instagram, for real-time progress: (@bernadettebanner)
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Prints & merch of design sketches:

For business enquiries, please contact my representation at:
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Requests for personal dressmaking commissions are not considered at this time.

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