Arsenic and Black Lace – Green Victorian Steampunk Dress


Here’s a gown to make you feel seductive, and just a bit dangerous. It’s a bewitching ensemble made from shining satin and seductive black lace. The bodice is a full steel boned corset, for waist-slimming perfection. The skirt is oh-so-elegant – draped green satin over tiered black ruffles.

This is a 4 piece set which includes the following items:

  • Lace Overlay Corset
  • Victorian bolero shrug
  • Hitchable full length bustle skirt
  • Organza Bustle Petticoat

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About This Design

This color is called “Arsenic Green” – and there is an interesting story behind it.  Back in the Victorian Era, this shade of green became very popular – and in those days, actual arsenic was used to make the dye.  Of course, there is no poison used in the making of this dress – but it’s a fun conversation starter!

The skirt hitches via ties attached to the inside. I’ve designed it so that when you pull on them fully, the ruffle touches the fabric where it drapes in the front, and it looks like a whole new skirt! It’s roughly knee length in front. If you’d like a full length look in back, wear it with the included bustle petticoat.

This skirt can’t be worn at full length without the bustle, both for the best “look” and for durability issues – but when hitched, you can absolutely wear it without! This versatility gives you a third look – a cute, roughly knee length skirt that is oh-so-fluffy about the hips.

This is a sample gown, briefly worn once for a photoshoot, and it’s on sale!  If you like it, and it will fit you, please don’t miss out.  🙂


Please take your measurements before purchasing to be sure this will fit.  When you check out, add your measurements in the spot provided  (you’ll see it in the page that loads after clicking the “proceed to checkout” button).  I’ll use them to be sure I’m sending you the correct corset size.

Size Bust Waist High Hips Low Hips
Small 33-36″ 27-30″ 33-35″ 35-38″

The skirt is 42″ in length.  With this style, it’s very important that it not be too long in the front, so I recommend it for heights 5’9″ and above.  If you’re 5’8″, it will still work for you if you wear it with heels at least 4″ in height.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make this dress in my size?

Yes I can – I’ve drafted the pattern for this skirt in sizes from XS through 6X, and the shrug in XS through 4X.  The corset, however, only comes in sizes XS through about XL (22 through 30 inch waists).   Click here for information on custom order availability.

Can you make this in a different color?

Yes I can – although not every color is available.  I have found the following colors in corsets from my new supplier that match with my satin fabrics:  Red, Cobalt Blue, Wine Red, Dark Lilac, White, Ivory, and Black.  Or if you’ll fit one of the corsets already posted in my shop, I can make a skirt and shrug to match.

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