You may have read Louisa May Alcott's book, An Old Fashioned Girl ? I must confess this book is one of my favorites, I love the quality of these older books. I also have a particular weakness for "good" illustrations and the illustrations in this book were of no disappointment.
The dress in this illustration is similar to the look Willow is creating and will be wearing to the upcoming Victorian Festival. She is aiming for the 1870s to 1880s circa. The traditional western school teacher
look is pepped up with a bit of eastern class and the latest range in hoops. More on the hoops later...
This is the latest update in color, the skirt is black lace edged cotton, draped in printed crinkle cloth. A starched white sensible blouse, trimmed with a black swiss belt, completes the bodice. Accessories are still to be determined .
We call this outfit:
An Old Fashioned Girl.
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