I got a Civility doll for Christmas, and have started the process of learning to sew for her.
I really haven't sewn any Civil War-era clothing before, but I'm reasonably experienced at medieveal (sometimes -ish) garb and costuming, as well as more modern things. I'm not sure I'd call myself an expert seamstress, but I'm not faint-hearted. So I didn't think sewing for Civility would be too hard.
I started out with a simple gathered petticoat. I think I cut the waistband too short, the skirt itself too long (15" long skirt for an 18" doll? I really should have caught that one!), and the gathering bulked up the waistband surprisingly.
I ripped off the waistband, took out the side seam (I'd made the skirt out of just one panel), and cut a new waistband. Which I pleated onto the waistband for reduced bulk in the waistband. Which is too long this time around.
Fortunately, I finally realized this morning that a bit long in the waistband just means it's not meant to be the innermost petticoat! I can take it out of the naughty corner!
And pleating for a doll. Oh my, even what seems to be tiny errors show up amazingly. This is definitely a learning experience...
Fortunately, I recovered some of my sanity by making Civility some Japanese clothing. Why Japanese? Because that's what the fabric and my subconscious demanded. IIRC the styles are out of the SA-era, and culturally on the other side of the planet, so I'll leave at linkage to my rather rambling blog entry.http://www.dracos-otter.com/otter_blog/?p=957