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Topic: No Pattern! Two Civil War Era Ball Gowns  (Read 19174 times)
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seamshistoric
« on: December 16, 2007 09:27:54 AM »

Every year at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO there is a Christmas Ball, set 150 years ago. Yesterday was just such a ball, spouting 1857 era dances and decorations. I made my friend Ashley's dress, as well as my own.

My Dress:
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Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Silk (lightweight); cotton chintz lining.
Trim: Silk ribbon
Started: August 1st, 2007
Finished: December 12th, 2007
http://www.seamshistoric.com/project/07ball/backinside.jpg
http://www.seamshistoric.com/project/07ball/frontinside.jpg
http://www.seamshistoric.com/project/07ball/outside.jpg

ETA: Here's a better picture of my bodice (In progress photo):
http://seamshistoric.com/project/07ball/bodice2.jpg


Ashley's Dress:
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Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Polyester, and polyester chiffon. Lined with cotton
Started: September 30th, 2007
Finished: November 10th, 2007

http://www.seamshistoric.com/project/07ash/frontinside.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 09:38:48 AM »

Wow! I hit This Rocks! You did such an amazing job and without a pattern! Way to go!
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 09:40:36 AM »

Wonderful work. I especially love the criss cross detail on your bodice (I think it's called a Bertha?). You friend Ashley could use an extra petticoat over her hoop, but it's really quite impressive regardless.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2007 09:41:20 AM »

wow these are really amazing!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2007 09:46:08 AM »

Wonderful work. I especially love the criss cross detail on your bodice (I think it's called a Bertha?). You friend Ashley could use an extra petticoat over her hoop, but it's really quite impressive regardless.

We both have only one petticoat over our hoops. I made both of them, but the difference is hers is the same principle as a sutler hoop -- gradually larger, and fabric covered. Mine is a buckram-covered steel crinoline (considerably heavier).
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2007 09:47:44 AM »

I think they're both gorgeous, but I agree with Cheebz that the crossed fabric on your bodice is wonderful.

How long did they take? (How long did the ribbon trim on your skirts take? Hoo-boy.)
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2007 10:13:39 AM »

you two look just too gorgeous.  Shocked
unbelieveable you did those dresses yourself wothout even having a pattern. i'm so envieous of your sewing skills. i bet you had a great night at the ball, and you look really awesome, both. the dresses, the hair-dos, everything.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2007 10:43:24 AM »

I can't imagine anyone having a better dress than you two did!  They're beautiful, and I'm in awe if I try to think about all the work you must have put into that!  Amazing!  I also really like your bodice, and the skirt on the other dress is quite pretty as well.  Honestly, I love them both.  Smiley  Great work!
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007 10:51:46 AM »

Amazing dresses... You looked like princesses Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007 10:57:55 AM »

that is amazing.  How much did they cost?
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