So a dear friend of mine and I have been trying to get together and have a sewing day together for the past several months. We finally were able to get together last week, and boy did I have a blast.
It was suggested that we work on making a Civil War era dress, as my friend Miriam and her family participate in local reenactments, and it would be fun if I was able to participate with them. And I do hope to be able to. :)
After looking through the patterns she brought with her, we headed to a few thrift stores to find some sheets or other yardage that could be had cheaply to make this dress. We happened to score at the second thrift store, and found (hopefully!) enough fabric to complete this project. The next stop was her house to pick up a few things including a chemise, her corset, and hoop.
We stopped for lunch, before heading to Joanns to get some fabric to line the bodice. The skirt will have enough petticoats underneath that I am not worried about lining that.
Lining, buttons, and skirt hooks in hand, back at my house we sat and planned out how the dress is going to look. I have decided to have pagoda sleeves and a high neckline with detachable collar or some other decoration. We also had fun looking through my 1940's source book. When this project is all done, we may work on a 1940's dress of some sort.....
Fitting into a corset was an interesting experience. It is certainly different to wear a corset and hoop, but I can't wait to finish the dress and try it all out together. With my measurements taken with the corset, we copied a pattern and put together a test bodice. Then Miriam did quite a bit of fitting to it. One of the big things was back waist length. :) She quite understands my problem. Next time we get together we will work on transferring all the adjustments to the pattern.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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