|The original dress (on the right...)|
|And my version! (a bit simpler, but hey, I had a time limit)|
Or, the Epic Saga in which what was Supposed to be an Early 1860's Dress becomes a Distinctly Late 1860's Dress.
This is the dress I made with the gold silk from Italy. I hope that from far away you can't notice that it's actually dupioni. You can, however, notice that the weight of the fabric and my own inability to fit the back makes the back hang strangely, and the waist is far too long. And, due to the amount of space I put at the front that's unpleated (which does fit with the painting I based it on...) the dress ended up looking much more 1865-67 than 1860-65. Oh wellsies..
|My waistband was doing... weird things...|
And the black Christmas fabric dress I wore to Douglas day - I found out that I misfit the bodice and that it could, indeed, close at the top! I did so hate having a v-neck - they seemed quite out of style by the 60s.
It's silk taff., decorated with velvet ribbon around the wrists, with no collar (shame!) and dobby viole undersleeves. The skirt is double box pleated, as was frequently seen, and the bodice pattern is from an original pattern (which does explain why it's so high waisted on 5'7 me.)
|With a silk shawl I grabbed last-minute form my armoire|
And also a working-class RevWar impression. And also learn how to use my mother's lap-loom to make my own homsepun.