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« on: March 17, 2016, 06:18:53 PM »

For those who don't know, each year the members of the faculty for the Civilian Symposium are given a length of fabric and told, "Make a garment." The women all get a dress length of one fabric, and the men all get a vest length of (sometimes different) fabric. The faculty can then make any garment they want.

This year I was honored to be on the faculty, and I used my length of fabric to make an 1840s dress! I've never done 1840s before and it was a fun challenge, though I thought several times that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. I based it on a few features from some dresses and images that I loved. It is 90% handsewn.

Huge, huge thanks go out to Liz Clark for all of her helping and cheerleading! And the cap is from Miller's Millinery!



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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016, 07:59:47 PM »

Besty it turned out amazing.  I love 40's.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 08:47:22 PM »

Allll those pleats... it's quite a process to tack them so they're arranged artfully but don't look it. It was great to have an antebellum buddy in the Chaperon's Corner...
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2016, 11:03:15 AM »

Hi time-travel Grandma! Wink

Honestly, your dress made me start re-thinking my reflexive dislike of the '40s.  The pleated bodice is gorgeous and really works for you (and for the plaid). Also that cute cap!
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2016, 05:19:27 PM »

Oh pretty! You look like you are straight out of a picture!
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2016, 10:46:19 PM »

Very pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 12:30:21 AM »

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  It's lovely.
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