|The new vest all draped, pinned, and ready for stitching|
Some of my inspirations are below. I know for sure that on the skirt I will be attaching lace to the skirt ruffles like the two fashion plates partially for the prettiness, but mostly to cover stains from wearing the dress for a year and a half everyday and working in it. I love the idea of a vest with the skirt and a blouse. It's slightly militaristic, slightly masculine, and very functional.
| Portrait of Katarzyna Potocka c.1854 from Wikipedia|
|Fashion plate from Graham's 1851 from this site|
|Antique Steel Engraving published 1824-51, London for "The World of fashion and Continental Feuilletons" from this site|
|Fashions for September 1851
From Harper's magazine. located at this site|
|It's actually a green broadcloth lined in blue floral cotton, but the lighting doesn't show that too well (my eye is really bothering me today and I haven't slept since about midnight last night).|