When you are a presenter at the Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s Conference, Carolann Schmitt sends you a length of fabric to mae a dress. Everyone gets the same fabric but can make it up anyway they wish. To see all the garments from this year, see http://s774.photobucket.com/albums/yy25/netnet81/Conference%202012/
Usually the fabric is a cotton; however, this year's fabric was an Italian Merino wool.
Here is my inspiration dress.
The first thing I did was make the tie, since it was fairly easy.
Finding the false buttons was not possible so I had to make them. Nancy and I found some upholestry trim with the perfect tassles. I then dyed hoodie tie string and crochet thread to match the tassles. I crocheted around small rings to create the medallions to which the tassles are attached.
I didn't use a pattern per se, just a basic bodice that had from the last few dresses I made. I lined the bodice with brown polished cotton.
I made hook and eye tape using the fashion fabic. I used the instructions included with Past Patterns 812.
I didn't include piping in the armsyce as the inspiration dress didn't appear to have any.
However, I did pipe the neck line.
The wrist trim and collar was antique lace I had bought for another project that I decided not to persue.
The skirt was attached with a dog leg. Nothing different there. I had Three Sisters Millinery make a head covering for me to match that in the inspiration photo. And here is the finished product.
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