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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.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/frontfull.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/lacetrim.jpg

This is the true color of the gown. My camera is not very good and the settings never combine crisp pictures with true color.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/truecolor.jpg

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.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/backdetail.jpg


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.)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/full.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/lining.jpg

Better idea of the color:
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/woolcolor.jpg

A close-up of the clasp.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/clasp.jpg

And the matching white rabbit fur mitts:
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/SeamsHistoric/mitt.jpg

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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