This will be my son's last season in dresses and I couldn't let the opportunity pass to make him as many of the adorable fashionable dresses I always drooled over. So here are my two attempts, completed at last.
A military inspired zouave dress inspired by these pictures and other fashion plates:
Braiding comes from a Peterson's pattern.
This is the French Blouse pattern found in Petersons 1864 and heavily inspired by this fashion plate:
Sorry that it is sideways, that's the way it was in the fashion plate.
Hopefully there will be a cap or two to wear with these outfits, but at the moment I'm just pleased to have churned these ones out in the time alotted. On to a thousand other things in the next 2 weeks!!
Oh, and one parting shot. A photo of my son as I coaxed him to help me with a fitting: