1840s Blue & White Dress

Dress in a blue and white reproduction printed cotton, lined in cotton, seams piped with cotton, hand-sewn with cotton thread. Bonnet of gray silk with blue silk taffeta ribbons, and probably more decoration that is yet to be decided upon!
Dress Diary
10/19/11
Now that my petticoats are nearly done, it's finally time to start planning for dresses to go over them! To begin with, I'm going to make a simple dress with clean lines from some blue and white reproduction printed cotton I found locally at a great price in the spring. For the bonnet, I purchased some pale gray silk taffeta, and some blue silk taffeta ribbons. I suspect I will add more trimmings to the bonnet, but I'll wait until I have it together to decide what else it needs.
Fabrics for the Dress & Bonnet
Patterning the bonnet is already well under way. I have a few little tweaks to make to my pattern, and then I will be ready to cut into the buckram!
Mock-Up of the Bonnet
5/18/12
I've set aside the bonnet for now, so I can focus on the dress, and get it done in time for Dress U 2012! Here is my first draft of the bodice, and with the petticoats. (First time wearing the petticoats over a corset! Though, I'm still not wearing a chemise, and it's not the right corset. . . That is a project for a future date, when I have more time!)
First mock-up of the bodice
And a bit closer up, front and back:
First mock-up of the bodice, front  First mock-up of the bodice, back
5/28/12
Making progress! Now to tackle the sleeves. . .
Bodice in progress
6/6/12
Done! In the interest of time, I secretly did some of the inner seams of the bodice by machine, but I hand-finished anything that would be visible. The skirt I did by hand, and let me tel you, that is a LOT of cartridge pleating by hand! I just love the way it turned out. I can now live out the Jane Eyre fantasies I've had since I was little and first read Jane Eyre! ;)
Finished ensemble, front view Finished ensemble, back view
Finished ensemble, at piano
"You play A LITTLE, I see; like any other English school-girl; perhaps rather better than some, but not well."
Finished ensemble, tragically posed
Pining for Mr. Rochester on the moors! ;)
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