I made this dress to wear to Gettysburg Remembrance Day 2017, but then it was so cold and rainy that I got hardly any pictures of it the whole time we were there! Fortunately it fit perfectly into my plans for Costume College, and I had a lot of fun wearing it again despite the possible pitfalls of wearing wool in July in California. I was indoors most of the time, after all!
The gown itself went together super fast with no hiccups. I love projects like that! The collar and cuffs are cotton organdy with embroidered lace edging, and a velvet bow from M&J Trimming ribbon finishes things off nicely.
This is the gown where I used my modified coat sleeve hack to change up the sleeves that came with the pattern (Laughing Moon #111). This is just one variation that you see in period sleeves--some of them are incredibly intricate! This one was relatively simple but I love how it turned out.
|Photo by Gloria from In the Long Run Designs. |
Featuring Samantha of The Couture Courtesan in her splendid black 1860s evening gown!
Since I didn't want to pack any bonnets for cross-country travel, I decided to make a fun, silly hair net instead. I ordered a readymade base from Timely Tresses and decorated it with silk ribbon that I already owned, with a bow at the top and gathered loops down each side. Again, this is on the simple side compared to some period examples but I think it gives just enough fluff to balance out a bold pattern like the big plaid.