This sewing pattern contains instructions and patterns to help you create a beautiful Civil War era/Victorian day dress bodice, skirt, lining, bustle, collar, and undersleeves. It does not include the finished garments.
The dress bodice fastens down the front with sixteen small hooks and eyes. It has two frogs to embellish the front of the bodice. Three tassles hang from each frog. (Instructions to make the frogs and tassels are included.) It has princess darts in front, princess seams in back, and it extends from the waist into a short peplum. The removable undersleeves fasten at the wrist with two buttonholes through which two cufflink-type buttons are fastened. (Instructions are included for 2-button cufflinks.)
The very full, sweeping skirt is designed with very small tight pleats at the waist fo form the fullness. It has a waistband and closes with hooks and eyes. It is to be worn over a purchased 150" circumference hoop. Consider wearing a purchased petticoat to wear over the hoop to make sure the hoops don't show through the skirt fabric. The removable, lightly stuffed bustle ties around the waist, on top of the hoop and petticoat and under the skirt. Fashion Historian, Museum Curator Deborah Woodbridge, 2007.
Deborah Woodbridge is a Toronto native who came to the United States in 1987. Earlier in her artistic career she designed historic costume patterns for Butterick, Vogue, McCall’s, and Simplicity pattern companies based upon still existing garments in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other historic sites and institutions.
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