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371  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil War Evening Gown and Cape ** BALL PICS ** on: December 15, 2005 04:10:54 PM
Hello! I am a Civil War reenactor, and I sew all my own costumes. This is my latest project for the Ball this weekend.

The gown is a simple powderblue cotton. The bodice is lined with white cotton and has some boning in it, with a lace trim around the neckline. The sleeves start off the shoulder and have two puffs. Please forgive the hanger I attached to the dress form -- the sleeves would have drooped otherwise.


This is the true color of the gown. My camera is not very good and the settings never combine crisp pictures with true color.

The skirt is not lined, and has no trim. The second tier is 2 inches in front (covered by the bodice point) and 20-some odd inches in the back. Please ignore the crease near the bottom. I took out a hem that was too deep. The waistband on both tiers is pleated.


The cloak is a burguny coating wool, lined with black cotton and trimmed with white rabbit fur (yes, real. My apologies to any animal rights activists out there.)


Better idea of the color:

A close-up of the clasp.

And the matching white rabbit fur mitts:

A little history: While the cape is brand new, the dress is not, other than the 2nd tier on the skirt. The skirt was stained by the hanger and I had to cover it in some way. Hence, the tier!

Pattern information:
The bodice is a pattern from
James Country Mercantile (Click on the door, then Patterns in the link list, Homespun, then Homespun Ladies and scroll down).
* I did not use a pattern for the skirt or cape.
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