In the depths of winter people either start one of two projects: a wool garment or a summer dress. The first tries to address the issue of cold of events here and now, while the other vainly tries to usher in spring just a little earlier than it can ever possibly begin. I am definitely in the later category.
Before my wedding in Summer 2008 I wanted to work on another mid-19th century dress to get into the groove of things and not mess up horribly on my Duchess silk satin. I saw the image below and fell in love with it. Sheers were all the rage on The Sewing Academy forum, though I'm not one for jumping on the ol' bandwagon, but who doesn't love a new summer dress?!
|English daguerreotype from eBay, note the half lining|
|Note the longer waistline than 1860s fashions|
|Detail view of gathered fan front, the lining is boned|
|You can see the half-lining better in this photo|