Late 1840s bodices are usually either darted or fan front, with variations of course.
|Darted 1840s Dress|
|Fan Front 1840s Dress|
Most of the dresses that I made for Gold Rush had been the fan front style using the Past Patterns dress, until Laughing Moon Mercantile published their Ladies Round Dress Pattern. A variety of styles can be achieved with the pattern with a darted or fan front bodice, sleeve variations, etc. I made the darted version with a tighter sleeve and sleeve caps.
I used an 1840s reproduction cotton print with vines and bubbles, (hence the dress has been dubbed “The Bubble Dress”), 100% silk satin to cover wood discs for the buttons, and 100% silk satin ribbon trim. The bodice lining is boned at the darts that extend up to the bust line and the dress has functional cuffs.
|1840s Round Dress Pattern|
|Sleeve cap ribbon detail.|
Overall, I really like this pattern. The armscyes were a bit too small for me, but other than that it went together great. I think I will be using the bodice pattern as a base for a new 1853 dress I have in the works. .