Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Colonial Dress

This Colonial dress I made with the pattern Simplicity 4092. It proved to be a bit of a challenge, but it was able to come together. The dress was made from Baroque satin and was inspired by a dress worn by Charlotte from The Patriot.

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You will see three pictures above. The top two pictures are full views of the dress, and the bottom picture is the picture from The Patriot. The dress is made up of two parts: the over dress and the petticoat. The petticoat in the 18th century did not necessarily refer to undergarments, but a visible and necessary part of the dress.

Here is a close up of the bodice (sorry the colors may be a little off). The front of the overdress skirt is pleated. The sleeves have a cuff on them and are decorated with lace.

Here is the back of the overdress. It is secured in the back by a zipper that runs a couple of inches into the skirt. The skirt in the back is gathered.

Here is a close up of the lace. This lace is actually made up of three pieces of lace that are sewn together and then sewn onto the sleeve.

That's my colonial dress. Currently a hat for it is in progress.

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