So I got to thinking, what can I make this outfit out of? I went to JoAnn's and found a very nice green plaid homespun. It wasn't what I went in for, but it worked well enough. I wanted a semi-sheer print, but I guess that will have to wait. Upon getting home, I went to work on it.
This first dress was probably the primary inspiration for my new dress:
|Woman’s dress made in America between 1840-45. Constructed in cotton. Gift of The New York Historical Society, 1979, Accession Number: 1979.346.35. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org.|
|Woman's Dress made in the United States c.1840, attributed to an American maker. Constructed in Gold China silk crepe with silk embroidery in satin stitch. Gift of Howard H. Lewis, John F. Lewis III, and Mrs. Anne L. Stoudt, 1979. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art, http://www.philamuseum.org.|
|Dress showing the lining and center front closures. Uploaded by Anette Bethke, http://pinterest.com/netnet81/.|
|“D01-87. AWESOME EYES!” c.1851, American (possibly Ohio). From Dennis A. Waters Fine Daguereotypes, http://finedags.com.|
|Afternoon dress. Constructed in cotton c.1843 in America. Purchased from The German Fur Federation Gift, 1981. Accession number 1981.14.5. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org.|
|The lining and a trial version of the skirt|
|back view of the lining|
|I love how scooped the lining is|
|Trial of the pleats|
|Here's what we're aiming for, more or less|
|Close up and flashed|
|I raised the hemline of the corded petticoat I made last year after reading an article on skirt supports at historicalsewing.com. It works WONDERFULLY now|
|Just about done, sorry for the blurriness|
|does it make your eyes hurt yet|
Major thanks also to Katherine at The Fashionable Past for her article: An Easy, Authentic Eighteenth Century Petticoat that I used for making the skirt.
Since Columbia SHP will be having an 1861 themed back to school night on Sep. 15th, I'm planning a nice little Swiss waist to wear with a cute white shirt I made (also with elbow length sleeves ;) )
Final photos to follow soon...