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|Laughing Moon Mercantile: 111 (Ladies' Early 1860's Day Dress) - Type:Costumes |
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Ladies' Early 1860's Day Dress ~ With 3 Sleeve Options, Collar, And Undersleeves.
Misses Sizes 6-26 - I made a size 14, but it's on a smaller dressform.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were wonderful and very informative about the period. I ended up with great results and learned a lot.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The historical accuracy - it's based on an extant gown in the pattern-maker's collection.
100% cotton (quilting) fabric, fully lined in muslin.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I think I ended up added two knife pleats and removing two of the box pleats to make the waist line up with the notches just right... but that could have been through some error of my own. The skirt starts with knife pleats in the front, then just around the side there are a set of box pleats, and the center back is cartridge pleated.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'm already working on my second gown, and I plan to sew a fancier version with nicer fabric next.
This gown incorporated a lot of techniques I've been anxious to try out - particularly the cartridge pleating in back. I also liked that the waist, shoulder, and neck seams were all reinforced with custom-made cording for reinforcement. The dress is actually a little big for the dress form it is on, but it does have drop-sleeves.
Here is a photo of the cartridge pleating in back - it also features curved pleats on the back - not an actual princess seam! I'm amazed it turned out so well.
The white "sleevettes" are not attached - they tie around the arms above the elbows. The collar is made separately and whip-stitched on to the piping trim. I wished I had a slightly fuller petticoat under it (but not quite a hoop).
I made the fabric-covered buttons using the trim on the cuffs. The bow is silk, and I had hoped to embroider it with my intials but the embroidery machine was being a #%@*!!
I plan to wear this on Saturday to Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX. I'll be making a hat to match!
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