Penny Dreadful - full Vanessa Ives Outfit - Aug2016
This commission for a five piece outfit was inspired by the TV Series "Penny
Dreadful" - Vanessa Ives gray coat outfit - sized for the Large Bust SID woman.
The gray long "Vanessa Ives" coat was made with gray suedecloth and fully lined in
silver polyester. The black details on the lapel, cuffs, and inside collar are black
suedecloth. The sewn details along the back of the collar, edge of lapels, and bordering
the inset pockets are sewn with a fancy embroidery stitch using black Madeira embroidery thread.
The inset pockets are also lined in the silvery gray fabric. The coat back has a split skirt.
The coat front has six trims on each side at the waist simulating that on Vanessa's coat,
with six jet glass beads functioning as 'buttons'. The coat closes with three hooks and
The black Victorian skirt has five gores and a fitted waistband. The waistband closes
in back with a snap, and another on the placket. The hem has black bias tape inside and is
machine sewn with lightweight thread. The back of the skirt has two pleats on
either side of the center back seam.
The intricate lace overblouse has the black satin ribbon embellishment as requested in
a ladder-like orientation in the front of the blouse. The black ribbon
extends to the back and forms part of the reinforcement for the snaps. The long
sleeves come to a point over the hand and are made with alternating strips of the
bodice lace fabric and black chiffon. The chiffon strips are embellished with
pintucks. Chiffon lines both the elbow and wrist. Fancy lace was added
at the wrist to make it look more similar to the photos, it was edged with the black
satin ribbon to tie it in with the blouse's body.
The neckline is black French Cotton lace edged with black narrow silk ribbon.
The hem is the fancy edge of the black lace fabric, edged with the satin ribbon.
The blouse's back closes with five small snaps.
The black sleeveless under-blouse is made of silkessence fabric, lined with silver
silkessence. It is topstitched around the neckline and armseyes. It closes in the
back with three small snaps.
A few of the photos were lightened to show the details on the black pieces.
The white batiste Victorian petticoat also has five gores with a yoked waistband.
The waistband closes in back with two small snaps. The hem is embellished with wide white
lace. A white satin ribbon covers the lace edge with added embroidery above the satin ribbon.
The yoked waistband has embroidery on the upper and lower edges as well.
The back of the petticoat is gathered and has a train.
My EID Medium Bust Model, Carina ('Bellydancer' in light brown), is modeling the outfit -
while wearing the padded bra. She wears heels in all of the photos. My Carina was painted
by LynR; she wears 10mm glass eyes and a vintage wig.
"Penny Dreadful" Vanessa Ives outfit - Season 1 - Customer Photo
Penny Dreadful "Vanessa Ives" Inspired Costume
Gray "Vanessa Ives" Coat
close-up of bodice
other side view
showing inset working pockets
Black Victorian Skirt
close-up - lightened
back view - tailor tacks showing in white
close-up back view - lightened
Black Lace Over-Blouse
back view - lightened
other side view - lightened
remove hands to don or remove blouse
Black Sleeveless Under-Blouse
close-up view - lightened
White Batiste Victorian Petticoat
other side view
front view - no blouse
close-up of yoked waistband
close-up of embroidered lace hem treatement