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|Past Patterns: 031 (1796-1806 era gown) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||4/5/07 1:34 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
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|Edited in July 2013 to show the short-gown version I made from lightweight wool for our winter.|
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Pattern Description: A Lewis & Clark era day dress, the pattern was taken from an extant garment in the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana.
The bodice is conservatively cut yet it has the fashionable small back of the period. As a result of the small back the sleeves form the shoulders, creating a very comfortable fit. Drawstrings fasten the center front closed at the neck and waist. The bodice is lined. The front lining is loose from the armholes to center front. It crosses over and fastens at center front with straight pins. This front lining does not support the bust, it is to help hold the front closed.
The pleated skirt is fullest in the back and flat in the front. A 1-1/2 inch crescent-shaped tuck at center front raises the skirt over the toes.
It's designed to be worn with stays - not the victorian tight laced corset.
This pattern is sized 8-14, 16-20, 22-26 in B, C and D cups.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I hope so. I even used stripey-goodness fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Illustrated instructions are for sewing the garment by hand, however, this is an easy garment to sew by machine apart from the junction of sleeve and back - a very acute turn that I did by hand from the outside.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wanted a regency style dress, but one that I could dress myself in, so no buttons on the back for me.
The pattern said for 5.5 yards of fabric, and I made it out of 3.5 yards. Can't figure that one myself.
Fabric Used: A woven pattern cotton that I stashed just for this dress. I used some scraps of cotton sateen for the bodice lining.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I had the crescent shaped tuck on the front, but not the tuck all around the skirt - cos I forgot to include that in the skirt length. I was adjusting the skirt lenght cos I'm short.
I compared the different cup sized front/shoulder strap pieces to do determine how an FBA for my larger 'assets'. I overcompensated on the front width. The only reason this is a problem is the skirt gets attached to it flat, any size difference is adjusted into the last pleat on the back, well I have too much fabric in the skirt front. I'm going to go back & fix this cos I'll be wearing the dress again.
Sewing this wasn't tricky (mostly), finding someone to help me fit the toile of the bodice was. I had to take about a quarter of an inch from the top of the side back piece.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd like to make this again, now that I have the pattern fitted.
Machine sewing this was dead easy, apart from about 1.5" where the sleeve meets the back & side back pieces. Too acute an angle, so I hand stitched this teency part from the outside. Have I mentioned that already ... cos I hate hand sewing!
I got exactly the dress I wanted. Sucks boo to DF's partner who laughed when he found out I was making this to wear to the Jane Austen biopic "Becoming Jane".
I was told I looked beautiful by one of the cinema patrons, and that's good enough to me.
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