So this is what happens when a friend invites you over for a sleepover. You stay up late sewing and drinking real hot apple cider before you decide that you can't think straight and are making more mistakes than it is worth.
This is the back of the 1860's civil war dress that my friend Miriam and I are working on together. I had to be sure when I cut out the back that there was a stripe directly in the center. :) The pattern pieces all looked a little different by the time we finished putting in the alterations that we need to make after the test bodice. In fact several pieces had to be cut out more than once because of forgetting to add a little extra to the some of the side seams for any other necessary alterations.
Incidentally, the shoulder seams lined up fairly well to have all the stripes matching. I wasn't even trying.
By about midnight, we had the main bodice put together, the piping ready and the sleeves assembled. Although, we weren't thinking very straight, and finally quit. I put one sleeve in. It wasn't put in right. I took it out, put it in again, and started sewing only to realize that Miriam was still working on the piping the was to go between the sleeve and the bodice! So I had to tear that out again.
While we waited for our coffee cake to bake, we sewed in the sleeves with the piping. I took this picture at home, and as you can tell Edna does not have as nicely proportioned shoulders as Miriam's mannequin does.
The sleeves ended up with some nice chevrons to them. I am very pleased with how things are working out. My great thanks and appreciation to Miriam!
So what do you think of my dress so far? Does it look authentic?
P. S. I went out to the local antique mall with a friend of mine yesterday. We had a wonderful time, and I bought a large vintage home item from 1943. I can't wait to share more about this exciting trip and purchase! (And I will be cruel and leave you guessing what I bought. :)
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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