Fashions of Sidewalks of New York Part 4: Mrs. Ackerman’s Concert 

Chapter four of Sidewalks of New York opens with Melanie Barrow calling at the Ackerman house. 

 Melanie wears a visiting dress taken from this plate from the Tom Tierney paper doll book Gibson Girl 

   

The color and patterns come from this costume worn by Lisa O’Hare as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  The ostentatious use of pink in Sibella’s costumes fits the over the top sex-bomb imagine I imagine for Melanie. 

  

Her hair is worn in a fashionable Gibson Girl esque style 

  
Melanie wears a duster coat taken from this period catalog page.   

Melanie chats with Sarah, a young maid in the Ackerman household 

 The uniform worn by the Ackerman maids was taken from this period photograph 

 
 Melanie then encounters Lucy Ackerman, who mentions that Mrs. Ackerman is holding a concert to raise money for charity. 

  
The shape of Lucy’s dress comes from this dress from the period. 

  
The color and designs of her dress come from this costume worn by Jessica Brown Findlay as Beverly Penn in Winter’s Tale. 

  

Her Gibson Girl hairstyle was taken from this period imagine. I can’t tell if it’s a drawing or a photograph 

  

Lucy then asks where her cousin Natalie is. Natalie has snuck out to go looking for new additions to her collection of knickknacks 

 The shape of Natalie’s outfit was taken from these costumes worn by Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber in Newsies 

   

 The pattern on her blouse and the overall color scheme come from this costume worn by Lauren Worsham as Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. 

 

She wears her hair in a loose, wavy style like this 

   

Over her outfit, she wears a grey cape taken from this one from the period. 

  
I have lost the original images I used for Natalie’s hat but it is a smart little black one with a lace veil, something like these. 

   
 

Well Natalie arrives home after her downtown adventure, she has to quickly change her dress before going to perform in her aunt’s concert. 

  
Natalie’s white dress was taken from this one from the period. 

 After Natalie’s  performance in the concert, Mrs. Ackerman confronts her and scolds her for sneaking out. 
 Mrs. Ackerman’s at home dress was taken from the same Tom Tierney plate I got Melanie’s visiting dress. 
  

Natalie is sent to her room and Mrs. Ackerman and Lucy are visited by a Mrs. Weston, who’s son Jeremy, Natalie has a crush on. 

 Mrs.  Weston wears a copy of this outfit. It is black and would be appropriate for a widow like Mrs. Weston. 
 Stay Tuned for more  

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