Wilhelmina Murray

Bram Stoker's Dracula



This gown is made in cooperation with a dear friend of mine. He has a passion for fashion design and has turned this talent into a career as tailor and fashion designer.

This gown is a fabric eater. Due to the fact that it’s completely (!) self-lined, the gown requires approx. 30 m (33 yds) of red shantung silk: 3 m for the self-lined bodice, 1,5 m for the self-lined sleeves, 10 m for the self-lined apron and bustle drapery, 12 m for the knife pleated skirt, 2 m for the waterfall drapery, 1 m for the corset and every piece of remnant fabric for the bud-like fabric appliques.

Bodice and decoration:
The bodice consists of four parts and closes in the back with an invisible zipper. The waist darts in front and back are not running vertical like ordinary waist seams, but they run diagonal. The whole bodice is assymetric and creates the impression of a wraped top.
This impression is additionally reinforced by two helical running trims of bud-like fabric appliques. These two applique trims start at the lowest point of the front and back neckline, wrap around the bodice and run down at the right side of the skirt at the edges of a waterfall drapery. The trims require a huge amount of bud-like fabric appliques in different sizes. Every bud is individualy made of a folded and ironed rectangular piece of fabric made of the same red silk than the rest of the gown. The exact way how the buds are made ist very difficult to descripe. I will post a tutorial with sketches later.
The upper part of the sleeves is tight-fitting. The lower part of the sleeves is slit into two petal-shaped lappets. The sleeves are slightly gathered in front at the height of the elbow.

Pleated skirt, apron and bustle drapery:
The knife pleating was done by a pleating company. I experimented with different paper-models to determine the adequate width and depth of the knife pleats. The pleated fabric is secured by four rows of narrow ribbons which are sewn to the wrong side of the fabric. The pleated skirt is mounted on a ruby taffeta saddle skirt which is closed with lacing and frog closures at the back of the saddle skirt. The hem of the saddle skirt is decorated with a small red gimp and a red pleated trim.The assymetric apron and the bustle are draped from a nearly rectangular piece of red silk and are completely self-lined. They are directly sewn to the bodice.

Underwear and jewelry:
We also made a corset to be worn underneath the gown. It’s also made of red shantung silk. I wear a relatively big bustle with several rows of ruffles and a underskirt with several rows of pleated ruffles underneath. The hair jewelry is self-made from three brooches, it’s mounted an a black wig. The ring and necklace are vintage.


Views 3750
Last Updated 8 years ago
Created 9 years ago
Series Bram Stoker's Dracula
Character Wilhelmina Murray
Variant Red dinner gown


bronze_armory Beautiful work, very detailed! Your collection of costumes is absolutely amazing!

Spookloops Pretty! I hope to eventually do an evening/dinner gown if I do ok with the more modest travelling gown :-)

seawaterwitch OMG!!!! So beautiful *___*

dressupdoll Wow! this is gorgeous! do you still have the dress pattern. i would love one like this. the train is amazing, you did a great job.

Kate O'Riley This dress is soooo beautifull *.* i love it!!

silent_dreaming WOW. This is stunning, amazing job!

EgnirysFaye Absolutely awesome - the colour is divine!

grinning_angel your Husband looks so amazing with all his girls :D

hellbelle OH MY GOD! This makes me SO happy! Hurray for Bram Stoker's Dracula cosplay!!!

Darth Kyttee I've always wanted a bustle ball gown, you're so lucky! lol And beautiful! :) 33 yards of fabric, must be heavy to wear!

Mehdia Simply beautiful. There's nothing more I can say because it's just so amazing it speaks for itself.

Little Raven OMG, wow!

kelldar drop dead gorgeous, absolutely stunning!!

Edestra It's simply a stunning garment!!! And you looked amazing in it! Amazing work!!!!