For a long time I have been in love with this dress. I even found similar fabric and trim lace. However, I've changed my mind now. I don't know why, maybe it's been on the drawing board too long and I'm just not that excited about it now. There are also several of them out there, made very well and I just don't think I'm skilled enough to draw the pattern for an asymmetrical bodice with all those pleats!
So, same fabric, new inspiration without the lace trim. I'll use that on a bonnet or something.
Godey's July 1861. I love the idea of a square neck. There is a picture at the Alamo from the 1860s showing a similar dress but no undersleeves and no chemisette. In Texas, that is believable, so this is my first (can you believe it) summer dress.
Right now I'm making stockings but will be done soon and then on to the dress.