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How To Make Victorian Dresses?

For almost as long as I can remember there have been three prints from La Mode Illustrée hanging on the wall in my mother's home. One of those prints (here's the link to a photo: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/vintage-lot-of-2-wood-framed-print-La-Mode-Illustree-French-fashion-illustration-/00/s/MTAyNFg4MTE=/$%28KGrHqN,!g0E5o,VQpVnBOepkFFo5w~~60_57.JPG) has held an irresistible fascination for me. I've always wanted a dress just like the one that the dark haired model is wearing and now I would like to try my hand at actually making the dress. I would appreciate advice on how to proceed. I would also be interested in knowing the date of the print, if anyone should know it (I'm guessing some time in the late 1860s- early1870s based on the fullness of the skirt but the bustle-like bump in the back is slightly perplexing to me, I've never seen a skirt that looks quite like that anywhere else). If you don't know the date of the print but know enough about Victorian fashion to give me a fairly accurate date, I'd appreciate that as well, so that I may look into patterns for appropriate undergarments and possibly some base patterns to elaborate the dress from; although, looking more closely at the print, I hesitate to say dress as it appears to be a jacket over a skirt (even that appears to have two separate layers).

Thanks for any help you can give.

Lorien

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