Saturday, 27 July 2019

1800 Bib-Front Dress - Silk Organza.

Patterns: Laughing Moon's "Bib-Front" Gown, with some alterations.
Fabrics: 100% silk organza, with a jacquard border weave of flowers in gold/silver metallic threads. Fully lined in gray broadcloth.

Measurements: *Pattern size 20
Chest: 41-43"
Under-bust: 36-38"
Hem: 40.5" at front, 41.75" at back.
Back Width: 14"
Upper Arm: 16" max
Sleeve: 25" (long to give the scrunched up look, popular at the time).


Thursday, 18 July 2019

Caraco a la Polonaise...again.

Pattern: Still tweaking and refining my drafted pattern from the most recent post, with some sleeve variation too.
This dress is currently for sale on Etsy--HERE
Fabric: 100% silk taffeta, dove gray, with black taffeta waistcoat and accents.

Measurements:
*The laced back of the waistcoat, as well as the style of the polonaise, allows for a range of fit. This is probably one of the reasons it was such a popular "casual" garment for the upper class.
Chest: 38.5-40"
Waist: 33-34.5"
Hip: Free
Hem: 39" at front, 41" at back (fits over a rump or bum roll)
Back Width: 14" max
Upper Arm: 13.5"
Sleeve: 23" long

Construction:
All visible stitching done by hand, with machine stitching on inside seams. Hand done buttonholes, wrapped buttons, and lacing eyelets.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Caraco a la Polonaise - 1770s Jacket

Pattern: Self drafted, though I referred to two pattern from The Cut of Women's Clothes as a guide when I began; diagrams XXI and XXIII. I also referred to several extant fashion plates.

Fabric: 100% Silk Taffetas, in dark brown, buff, and sage green.
Available on Etsy HERE
Measurements:
Chest: 38-39"
Waist: 31-32.5"
Back Width: 14"
Upper Arm: 13.5" max.
Hem: 39" at front, 42" at back

Monday, 3 June 2019

1850s Garibaldi Blouse & Bolero Set

Patterns: Jacket and Blouse from Truly Victorian Patterns. Skirt is self drafted.
Fabrics: Blouse is tissue weight linen. Jacket and Skirt are cotton with a check/grid pattern in brown.

Measurements:
Chest: 42-44"
Waist: 33-34.5 (adjustable by moving the hook placements at back)
Neck: 15" max
Hip: free
Hem: 42.5" (over a moderate hoop skirt)
Back Width: 16"
Upper Arm: 16" max


Sunday, 10 March 2019

1780s Pierrot Jacket & Petticoat - Green/Copper Silk

Pattern: Self drafted, except for the sleeves. Sleeves are taken directly from the Anglaise gown featured in The Cut of Women's Clothes, by Norah Waugh (pattern XXVI).

Fabric: Green/Copper shot silk taffeta. Lining is medium weight linen, dusty blue with stripes of yellow and darker blue.

Measurements:
Chest: 37"
Waist: 29"
Hip: Free
Hem: 37" at front, 39.5" at back
Back Width (garment, between armhole seams): 11.5"
Back Width (actual body, arm socket position): 14"
Bicep: 13.5" max
Forearm: 10.5" max
Wrist: 8.5" max (easily adjustable by shifting button position)
Armsyce: 18.5"


Sunday, 3 March 2019

1780s Pierrot Jacket - Pink Stripe Silk

Pattern: Drafted from a combination of pieces from extant garments featured in The Cut of Women's Clothes, by Norah Waugh. The bodice is mostly taken from the 1780s anglaise (plate XXII).

Fabrics: 100% silk taffeta, pink and cream stripe. The lining is pieces from unbleached cotton osnaburg and bleached cotton muslin. The front is interfaced with plain white linen to add body for the buttons.

Measurements: (Can be adjusted slightly by shifting the button positions at the center front)
Chest: 36"
Waist: 28"
Hip: Free
Back Width (arm seam to arm seam): 11.5"
Back Width (real body): 13"
Back Length (from nap of neck to natural waist): 16"
Bicep: 13" max
Forearm: 10.5" max
Wrist: 7.5" (adjustable, shift button)
Armscye: 18"
Hem: 40" at front, 43.5" at back (cut for large bum roll or rump)


Sunday, 17 February 2019

1808 Bib-Front Day/Evening Dress - Neutral stripe Voile

Patterns: Laughing Moon #126, View B.
Fabrics: 100% cotton sheer weight (voile), woven stripes in neutral tones of cream, brown, and pink. Bodice lining in cream broadcloth.
Available on Etsy HERE
Measurements: The bodice style allows a small range of fit.
Chest: 39-41"
Underbust: 34.5 - 35.5"
Waist: <40" (not really important)
Hip: <45" (also not that important. Skirts are full)
Length (from underbust): 46" at front, 47.5" at back
Back Width (between armhole seams): 10"*
Back Width (real arm socket position): 14.5"*
*the sleeves are cut with fullness at the back, cutting in further than they do on modern garments. This gave the illusion of a narrow upper back.
Bicep: <14"
Hem Circumference: 120"


Summary:
A bib-front style gown done in feather-weight cotton voile and lined in light taupe broadcloth (bodice and sleeves. Skirts are unlined). The dress is shown over a single under-bust petticoat. The sleeves are convertible long/short, with the bottom section finished as a separate piece and tack stitched to the inside of the upper sleeve's cuff. These stitches can be picked out quickly and the bottom sleeves removed. The front is held in place with ties around the under-bust, secured at back, and two self-made Dorset buttons on the fronts to hold up the center panel. The center panel has a drawstring channel at top for fit adjustment.

All visible stitching has been done by hand.