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1895.  The Art of Dressmaking.  Figure 26 illustrates a pretty trimming made of narrow velvet ribbon.  The pattern must be marked upon the skirt before the ribbon is arranged.

The Art of Dressmaking. Figure 26 illustrates a pretty trimming made of narrow velvet ribbon. The pattern must be marked upon the skirt before the ribbon is arranged.

Victorian Civil War dress trimmings, decorations or inspiration. Source: free Google E-book Der Bazar; Victorian Magazine; collection of every publication made in 1861. You can look at all the  wonderful Victoriana yourself if you click through! :) http://books.google.com/books?id=OJ1LAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=der+bazar+1861&hl=en&sa=X&ei=25lwUvWyGM_PigLCyoHQCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=der%20bazar%201861&f=false

Victorian Civil War dress trimmings, decorations or inspiration. Source: free Google E-book Der Bazar; Victorian Magazine; collection of every publication made in 1861. You can look at all the wonderful Victoriana yourself if you click through! :) http://books.google.com/books?id=OJ1LAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=der+bazar+1861&hl=en&sa=X&ei=25lwUvWyGM_PigLCyoHQCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=der%20bazar%201861&f=false

Victorian Fashion Plate on fabric dress trimmings or hair decoration (?): June 1861 Der Bazar http://books.google.com/books?id=OJ1LAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=der+bazar+1861&hl=en&sa=X&ei=25lwUvWyGM_PigLCyoHQCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=der%20bazar%201861&f=false

Looking for ideas on how to trim that 1861 reproduction dress? Here's some hints, right from the June 1861 fashion magazines.

Your Wardrobe Unlock'd: Feminine Frills and Fabric Trimmings How To

"Plaited (pleated) trimming with twist in centre" Excellent idea for a bertha! The top and bottom edge don't have to be parallel, after all.

creating Victorian trims - excellent photos of examples with stitching techniques clearly shown.

creating Victorian trims - excellent photos of examples with stitching techniques clearly shown.

American Duchess: V346: How to Make a Victorian Bustle - Pattern and Instructions

Awesome Lobster Tail Bustle Tutorial from Duchess I can't give enough love to American Duchess.

1871 Trimmings for Petticoats Pattern

Patterns of Time 1871 Trimmings for Petticoats Pattern, Robes-Gloves-Stockings-Aprons-Swimwear

American Duchess: V346: How to Make a Victorian Bustle - Pattern and Instructions

How to Make a Victorian Bustle - Pattern and Instructions ~ This makes a full lobster tail bustle.