Monday, June 13, 2011

1840s Pleated Bertha

 Inspired by this dress from the Tasha Tudor collection, I made a pleated bertha out of 100% silk duchess satin with a hard backing for my wedding dress:
Detail of pleated bertha.
 To make my life easier I used the Civil War Ballgown Simplicity 5724 bertha pattern pieces.

Simplicity 5724 
I attached piped lozenges at the berth front and shoulder seams (like the original dress) and the back closed with hooks and eyes.
Bertha back, note lozenges over shoulder seam.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, gorgeous! I have almost never seen a pleated bertha reproduced for some reason (?), and moreover yours looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the detail shots!

    (Also hi! I'm normally a lurker on your blog, but this was too lovely not to comment. :)

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  2. Beautiful construction!
    The last photo is just amazing: looks as if you really managed to step back in time!!!
    Sabine

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  3. Your wedding dress is stunning! The pleated berthe was such a great choice and I love the piped trim on it! You look absolutely beautiful in it!

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