Saturday, December 12, 2015
1830's Black Cotton Dress
here on my pinterest board. Some of the dresses are from my website, some are from museums.
I saw the black floral cotton in Joanns and knew it had to be my new dress - of course this was Thursday and the dress was to be done today! So, I dragged out my old 1840's pattern and made a few changes to it. First, I shortened it. Then, I change the curved seamed front to a darted front. The rest was pretty easy.
The sleeves of the 1830's are really pretty simple - the bottom half is relatively normal, it's just that the top half blooms out. I just pleated the top of the sleeves - as you can see in the close up photo- and sewed that to the dress.
The dress is a mix of handsewing and machine sewing. The piping is just bias tape (no cording. in the original ones I have, there isn't any. It's just bias tape rolled over the edge). There is piping on the shoulders, neckline, sleeve cuffs, and along the edges of the "belt". I wanted to bring out the pink as much as possible.
I might add some ruffles or take in the sleeves - as they did with the late 1830's styles- but the dress is wearable as is right now.