Because it's freezing cold and snowy outside, we took the pictures in a Victorian era winter garden, owned by the city of Helsinki. It's a beautiful place, free for everyone to visit and you can even bring a picnic basket with you and have a picnic in the middle of winter.
On the overskirt I made a narrow facing and then sewed on the bias cut strips of the dark blue silk.
Trimmed overskirt without the revers.
I covered a lot of wooden button molds for the decoration.
For the mock button holes I decided to make a narrow tube of fabric in a similar technique as if I was making a rolled hem.
Then I cut the tube in 6 cm pieces and iron them in shape.
I decorated the skirt fronts before sewing the skirt together.
The skirt without the overskirt.
The insides of the skirt.
The overskirt inside out. It buttons on through buttonholes on the skirt side back seams.
The insides of the bodice.
The hat frame is hand sewn from buckram.
I'm incapable of making fabulous over-the-top hats. Mine are always pretty simple.
The cotton lining.