Could you imagine wearing this in the heat of a California summer? Beautiful torture...!
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By 1842, Victoria would have been, 23, and trying to appear very grown up. The skirts are widening (as are the hips and bust line after bearing two children), and do so even more in 1847 when she would have already had five children.
Scrapped panel/cover idea for A Cultivated Garden that I went and finished anyway.