Anna Karenina





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Outline the story …

"Anna Karenina" is the heroine of the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. The tragic fate of a woman and the magnificent costumes of the era could not leave me indifferent.

For more than 10 years I have been fond of Gothic, and I considered the dresses of the bustle era the most beautiful. I had several attempts to create the dress, but the result did not suit me. Passion for reconstruction helped me achieve the result. I was inspired by several pictures, but did not try to repeat one exactly. I sewed as if I was living at that time, nothing limited me. I tried to combine materials beautifully. I took the fashion of the first half of the 1880s as a basis. As it should be in those days, I prepared two bodices, evening and ballroom. I supplemented the evening look with a hat with a veil, a bib, a handbag and a skirt lifter. I decorated the ballroom image with a garland of flowers from foamiran. I really want the heroine to be happy in my interpretation of the novel. And who is walking next to her? The shirt, vest, bow tie and trousers on the gentleman are also my work.

Outline the construction…

Making and constantly redoing the dress gave me a lot of experience. This is my first such large-scale project. The dress is made of brocate satin and jacquard with cotton lining. The bodice and skirt are decorated with three types of lace and embroidered with beads. As a basis, I took the technology of making clothes from the second half of the 19th century. The front fabric and lining are in one layer, the seams are treated with tape, the bones are inserted into the drawstrings for rigidity. The hinges are sewn by hand. The sleeves and the bottom of the bodice are trimmed with a cut with a cord I sewed overlays to give volume in the chest and hips. The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with a stiff fabric to shape and trimmed with tape. The train has a wide hem and sewn lace. The pleats of the skirt are secured with sewn tape.

Silhouette and proportions are very important to me. To give the desired shape, I sewed an undershirt, corset, bustle and bustle petticoat. The evening look is complemented by a straw hat, decorated with a satin ribbon and ostrich dyed (hair dye) feathers. Rows of straw had to be stitched together by hand. The shemizetka is sewn of silk cambric, with bones inserted into the neck. She embroidered the finished handbag with lace and beads, sewn on a tassel. The ballroom bodice is sewn in the same way as the evening one.




  1. Avatar KayB on March 11, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, the shape is just out of this realm <3

  3. Avatar Laura Holland on March 11, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Great Anna Karenina.

  4. Avatar Rebecca on March 12, 2021 at 5:08 am

    wow. just perfect.

  5. Avatar Meri on March 12, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Simply I love it, the shape, the details .. I want one like this.

  6. Avatar Theodore Allegrini on March 12, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Mind bogglingly well done

  7. Avatar Melanie on March 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm


  8. Avatar Sammyra on March 12, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    oh my… this is swoon-worthy ♡ the embroidery on the yolk and sleeves is so beautiful, and the silhouette is just gorgeous. well done ♡♡♡

    • Avatar Tony Serridge on April 3, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      This is absolutely beautiful, I love everything about this outfit. Every time I look at it again I’m amazed 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  9. Avatar Maria Jones on March 12, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    This is a Victorian Goth dream dress, beautiful work!

  10. Avatar Natalie Hanrion on March 14, 2021 at 12:41 am

    The fit is just perfect! Really adore this costume!

  11. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:13 am

    You look like you’ve stepped right out of the book and onto a movie set. Beautiful details and perfect fit!

  12. Avatar Carol Hughey on March 14, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Absolutely beautiful and complete.

  13. Avatar Wendy on March 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful details, and two stunning bodices — the whole ensemble is gorgeous!

  14. Avatar Cassandra on March 14, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I love it! 👏 🥰

  15. Avatar Zoe Axford-Whitaker on March 15, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful, i love it xx

  16. Avatar Xenofon on March 18, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    This is amazing! The construction details are gorgeous!

  17. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:29 am

    This is so lovely!

  18. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 19, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful job! I could easily have thought these were actual period pieces. Wonderful details and construction!

  19. Avatar Vanessa Knobel on March 20, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Wow, this is beautiful! The details are incredible! Lovely work!!

  20. Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 20, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    This is just breathtaking! I already admired it on instagram, as it gives me such Penny Dreadful vibes <3 The amount of detail is insane and one can see how much work and love went into this gown. Incredible work! <3

  21. Avatar Peta Pendlebury on March 22, 2021 at 11:11 am

    The whole outfit is stunning but the little details are so delightful. I especially like the jacket decoration at the back and the chatelaine purse with the tassels. And finding the perfect companion – his outfit looks so good too.

  22. Avatar Annie Marshall on March 25, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Your creation stepped right off the page!

  23. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 27, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Sooo beautiful! *_* <3 The Victorian goth in me is swooooning!

  24. Avatar Kat Cuseo on March 30, 2021 at 3:44 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful photos too!

  25. Avatar Tony Serridge on April 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful, I love everything about this outfit. Every time I look at it again I’m amazed 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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