Saturday, May 22, 2010

An Afternoon Dress

Hello My Dears! I have been too long absent! I am missing everyone DREADFULLY! I hope, now that summer is just around the bend, we will be able to do some picnics or outings of some sort! Croquet anyone?

Now, I would like to tell you a little story. It is about a little dress that was very long in the making. My seamstress Marguerite, made this dress for herself and when I saw it I thought I simply MUST have one! --but, with a few differences of course.
-One being that it is entirely hand sewn.
I know you've already seen bits and pieces of it since I did wear it a couple times before it was quite ready! (shh!) However... Now it is, and has been, complete for some time and I would like to share all the little details with you! Here are our two dresses together. It is made of a light cotton calico and a deep purple fabric that I'm not quite sure what it is. It's almost a canvas but much softer and not quite as thick. There is a deep purple ruffle at the bottom of hers that is hardly visible in the photograph-- please excuse me!
With the same fabric I put a ruffled hint of a bustle on the back of mine. It is still a full skirt that goes over a hoop, but I hear that bustles are coming in!To cover the seams and to add some extra charm, I put this lace on top of the ruffles which are only visible when the wind might flutter through...

The skirt I attached to a waistband and sewed it to the inside of the bodice in case I change my mind and want to make an extra bodice for it. And since I am in a constant state of that, it is the only way to do it!Here is the bodice.
I did a simple fitted bodice with a 'v' waist and boat neckline and trimmed it with contrasting purple piping (shocking I know!), and the same lace that is on the skirt.

The back I tried to gather in. However, it could have used a bit more gathering I think. Then I sewed little eyelets and laced it for a more elegant look.

The sleeves are a double puff--of sorts. =] I was making up the pattern and I didn't make it quite full enough and when I put it around my arm it just went flat. So, To make it more pouffy, I sewed little gathering stitches in vertical lines on different places of the sleeve. It worked quite well, and I was very pleased with how they turned out. Though it is hard to tell they're double puff. I guess it'll be my own little secret. =]
So just remember: When making puffed sleeves, cut out more than you think you need!
These pictures were taken at Fort Stevens which was the first reenactment that I got to wear my finished dress. *smiles blissfully*

The 'Train' ride home.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my dress! Please leave comments if you are so inclined, and tell me what you think. I would LOVE to see your own creations or hear about your dress making experiences! Until we meet again my fair companions...
Miss Emaline


Atlanta said...

Too cute! I'd love to see more pictures of the full size dress too!

Adelheide said...

Beautiful! I think croquet sounds very nice. Please give my best regards to Miss Marguerite, and I hope that I may be blessed to see your lovely gown in person someday!

SisterlyLove said...

Thank you my dears! I had such a lovely time making the dress and posting about it too!

And since you were so kind to mention it.. I've posted about the full size dress too. =] You'll find it here:

Yes... the next time you are here Miss H, I shall wear it solely for the purpose of your enjoyment. =]

Have a lovely evening ladies!
Miss Em