Thursday, January 15, 2015

Finished 1837 Dress

A year after I started planning it, I finally finished the 1837 dress.

I started with the 1837 Day dress from Museum of Costume at Bath which is the book, "The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930" by Norah Waugh. The dress pattern is shown at the bottom of the post. 
I changed the gathered bodice to pleating at the front and split the back pieces so I could have more shape in it, and put piping in. 
Unfortunately, it's hard to see these details in this fabric print.


The fabric is a reproduction fabric from Reproduction Fabrics  
I really wanted a dark blue silk ribbon or maybe velvet to go with the dress, but I ran out of time and this was the closest I could find. In real life, it didn't look so shiny.... 


I also changed the sleeves a bit and don't have the gathered section. I did keep the skirt style of pleats in the front and gathered in the back.  I didn't gather the sleeves, I used pleats because I love the crisp look of that a lot better. 


Details:

Fabric: Cotton reproduction print from Reproduction Fabrics

Pattern: Started with an original pattern from The Cut of Women's Clothes and tweaked to fit in details from the period that I preferred 

Year: 1837 because the pattern I started with was, but it could pass for any of the later 1830 years I think

Historical Accuracy: It was completely hand-sewn, and the fabric print is accurate along with the fabric type since cotton was frequently used for day dresses in this time

Time Spent: Including the planning and procrastinating, a year. Not including the time it took to size the pattern up and tweak it, the actual sewing only took about three or four days of working on it. 






2 comments:

  1. Charming! The fabric is lovely, as is the finished product. And you look radiant in it. I hope you were able to wear it out!

    Best,
    Quinn

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  2. Very pretty! I think the light blue ribbon belt looks just fine, a darker color may have contrasted too much with the light fabric (:

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