Anyone who is familiar with the costumes of Titanic will immediately notice that I took some liberties with this costume. Out of all of Rose’s costumes in Titanic, I believe the Lunch Dress has the honour of being the nastiest colour. Sorry to any fans of that particular shade of nausea-inspired green, but there you have it. So I went with a beautiful dusty blue silk, under woven with golden yellow.

Rose’s dress is also extremely lacy. I am just not that big of a fan of lace, so instead of four tiers of it, I went with one (also allowing that beautiful silk to show itself off a little more).

These changes are, however, quite small, and if you really want a green and lacy version, you’ll have no trouble making one by following these instructions.

Here’s the original. As you can see, it’s an empire-waist dress with a fairly narrow skirt. The bodice is fit using princess seams (the fit is far too smooth for gathers or darts), and has fairly wide short sleeves (I choose to eliminate the sleeves). The over bodice is lace, and there are full-length under sleeves, also lace, with a light ruffle at the wrist.

The skirt is simple, flaring out from the hips enough for mobility, but not much more. The over skirt is four layers of lace, alternating in edge finishes, each sewn to the bottom of the previous layer to avoid excess bulk.

For my dress, I combined three patterns. First, I needed an empire waist gown with a fairly narrow skirt and a princess-seam fitted bodice. I used McCalls 2810. I used it for the bodice, the skirt, and the over skirt.

For the bodice overlay I used the quintessential Titanic pattern; Simplicity 8399.

The “swim dress” over bodice worked nicely, I just had to angle the front and back bodice lines into the center.

The last pattern you’ll need is for the sleeves and ruffle/flare. I can’t find the pattern I used, but it was something like Simplicity 5561 C. The main things you’ll be looking for are a sleeve that isn’t gathered at the shoulder, and a ruffle/flare thing that you actually like. Lengthen if necessary.

The dress is pretty easy to assemble. The over dress, sleeves, and over bodice are made from lace. Make sure to use french seams on all the lace. Try and find a lace with a nice edge to use for the hem of the over skirt. Attach the two skirts at the waistline.

I like to use hooks and eyes for closure (more era appropriate), but feel free to use a zipper if you want.

The sash is very easy. Figure out how wide you want the sash to be, double it, and add 2cm for seam allowance. That’s your width. Measure your under-bust line, add 2cm seam allowance, and that’s your length.

Assemble the sleeves, and attach them to the bodice. Assemble the over bodice, and attach to bodice at the under the bust line. Stitch the bodice and skirts together. Tack the sash on, making sure to catch only the back layer of the sash so the stitching doesn’t show. Use hooks and eyes to fasten the sash at the back.