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« on: February 10, 2011 05:04:22 PM »

Hey all! I worked on this for a while but was still finishing it the morning of the event. This was the first year I went dressed up and it was so much fun! Smiley This is my first real venture into historical costuming and I am so excited to get further into it.

I made everything except the corset and the crinoline petticoat made of tulle. I bought both those items at the Fair in previous years. I used Simplicity #3727 and modified the sleeves a little (made them smaller and one piece instead of two) and didn't make the collar. So here it goes.

Used a Simplicity pattern for the chemise and drawers which is now out of print.


I made this flounced petticoat to go over the tulle criniline I bought because the skirt needed more volume. I made it out of scraps of fabric I had from old projects so nothing really matches but it's underneath so it doesn't really matter. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011 05:22:34 PM »

I made that dress for a friend of mine who does Civil War reenacting.  Yours is great!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011 05:23:35 PM »

 Wonderful job with the period shape.  Does the bodice close with those frogs or is there a hidden closure or up the back?

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011 09:03:30 PM »

Thanks! The bodice has 14 hooks and eyes that close the front. Those were fun to sew on! haha. The frogs are just for looks - non-functional. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011 01:17:19 AM »

You look great! I love all the authentic undergarments.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2011 02:27:05 AM »

Great job! And the colour is very neat, too.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2011 03:47:41 AM »

Nice Job!! What pattern did you use for the Dress? I love the clothes of this time period.
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2011 10:09:24 AM »

For the undergarments, I used Simplicity #9769 and for the dress I used Simplicity #3727. Thanks guys! Smiley I did a lot of research about the proper silhouette and the sleeve styles popular at the time and stuff. It was a lot of fun actually. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2011 10:21:52 AM »

Thanks for the info. With the modern equipment available I would be tempted to finish the seams with a serger. What did you do?
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2011 11:08:53 AM »

The directions in the pattern said to finish the edges of the seam allowances together with a serger or a zig zag stitch. Since I don't have a serger, I zig zagged the edges. It was a bit of a pain, a lot of seams, but it turned out really nice. Smiley I've found with the 3 or 4 Simplicity historical costume patterns I've made, that you end up with a really well made garment - fully lined, finished seams, good stuff.
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