Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1840's Inspiration

I just came across this dress today and it is almost exactly what I want! And oh, the fabric is to die for. Gorgeousness!

It looks like the front bodice is cut on the bias with one dart on each side. The skirt looks like it is gathered to a round waist with the front bodice point floating over it. The way the sleeves are cut, it would be easy to make an upper sleeve with a detachable lower sleeve like the 1841-43 wool dress on page 175 of Costume in Detail. I do want to make a tight skinny sleeve though, with maybe a bias ruffle or two part way down the arm.

I did find this image today on the Truly Victorian website. It shows a 40's dress (although it looks like an evening dress) with princess seams on the front - no darts - which would be easier for me to fit since I already have a pattern just like this.

Right now my dilemma is my skirt supports. How does one get a long flat pointed waist to look right over full gathered round petticoats? I am trying to decide if I need to make a few new petticoats on V yoke waistbands or just work with what I have already.


  1. I think you just bone the bodice with one at CF and two angled in over the seams/darts, and trust that it will hold its own and stay flat.

  2. I can't wait to see this gown come to life. I have long had a love for the 1840s but no excuse to wear it! Someday...c

  3. I'm very interested in your new project and I love the dress you've chosen. Can't wait to see how your dress will look like!
    I secretely ponder of making an attempt to sew dresses past the 1810s to learn how it feels to the women back then to wear a garment, which needs the support of a tight corset, after being used to wear deliberate clothing in the Regency era.


    P.S. I'm sorry I'm not of any help regarding the petticoat question.

  4. Oops, my apologies, I think I mistakingly wrote "deliberate" instead of "liberate regency fashion" in my previous comment ;)



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