I'm already starting to costume myself for a Christmas caroling group I haven't even auditioned for yet, and which only asks women to provide a "Victorian" blouse. I checked their website, decided they're going for a vaguely Dickensian look, and the hunt was on.
The first pattern I ordered, which arrived yesterday, was Folkwear #205, the Gibson Girl blouse:
I also ordered Butterick 5266, for the cloak. I may or may not ever get around to making it, but if I want a mid-19th-century cloak, I've now got a pattern that will suit admirably. (However, I'd probably change the closure to something a little less labor-intensive than all those tabs.)
But the purchase I'm most excited about is the one no one will see. It's a corded petticoat (worn in the 1830s-50s, before the invention of the hoop, to make skirts stand out and achieve more of a bell shape), much of which is handsewn! It just arrived today. I'll need to add a small extender to the waist but that's a trivial adjustment, and MUCH quicker & easier than sewing one of these from scratch! Because it's used and has a couple of tiny spots near the waistband, the price was eminently reasonable.
Now all I have to do is come up with an audition recording to submit and hope my voice is what they're looking for. If so, I'm already half dressed! :D