Wednesday, February 2, 2011

1840s Silk Dress

I had a stash of brown iridescent silk taffeta that I picked up in the LA Fabric District years ago that I wanted to make a nice dress that could be worn to a number of occasions without feeling overdressed.  I found this image online:
From Old Sacramento Museum Collection
 And this original:
Original 1840s Satin Dress

I altered the 1840s Round Dress from Laughing Moon Patterns to make a dinner/reception dress that I based off of these two images.  I liked the buttons on the silk dress and I made sheer undersleeves like those in the dag.  The bodice is boned in the front and has wood-disc core fabric covered buttons.  The undersleeves are more sheer in real life than the picture.  Sadly, this dress is now enormous on me after I've lost 25 pounds since I made it in 2007.  I guess it's a good excuse to make another silk dress!
At the Dickens Fair

Full length view of my 1840s Silk Dress

1 comment:

  1. Comopuede ver estoy paseando por distintas entradas de su blog. Hoy veré algunas y para otro día, el resto...Me parece que ha realizado un trabajo delicioso. Siento que después de tanto esfuerzo ya no le valga...pero perder mucho peso quizá es una buena noticia para usted.

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