The term I decided to use was actually from a recent post: Brocade.
|You can see the black on black patterning on the fabric to the right.|
|My phone makes it look bluish. It's not.|
|Close-up. Center front on the right. Skirt is bustled in three sets of three pleats, perfect of the son of a witch.|
The Challenge: #16 Terminology
Fabric: Black cotton shirting, polyester damask
Pattern: 1880s skirt pattern, from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1860 - 1940
Notions: Black cotton thread, polyester ribbon braid, cotton twill tape, polyester ribbon, plastic buttons, hooks and bars
How historically accurate is it? The technique is good, but the damask is synthetic, as is the trim. I ran out of cotton twill tape for bustling, so one of the interior ties is polyester ribbon. Maybe 50%?
Hours to complete: 10ish
First worn: Not worn yet
Total cost: $25-40. I don't remember how much everything cost.