1870

once again into the fray

despite all appearances, i’ve been quite busy!  i’ve started volunteering at Bennett Place in durham, in addition to the duke homestead.

i decided i needed a new dress, and i have to say, i’m quite pleased with this one.  i finally (!) have a properly fitted bodice. of course, i used the wrong bodice pattern to make my collar, so it’s too wide at the front.  oops!

it’s got slightly fancier sleeves.  never again, they took forever!  they’re a double puff upper with a bishop lower (also need some cuffs).  the fabric is a nice cotton shirting, technically also correct for half mourning.  i just wanted something that wouldn’t show dirt.

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Little Bit also got a new dress (well 2, but the second isn’t quite finished yet).  despite all appearances, she does enjoy dressing up with me (not so much the photos).

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the front bodice fashion fabric is on the bias, the lining is on the straight.  the skirt is gauged, which i had to do twice since i did it tightly the first time.

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i’m currently working on my new dress for the duke homestead.  just today i realized that i need a difference bustle.  i made up tv101 last year, but i need the hem support of tv108, so the pattern is now on it’s way to me.

this was my original inspiration.  it’s so lovely!  the scalloped bits, the simplicity.  i just love it.  however, i’ve come to realize that it’s more 1875-1880 than 1870.

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this is my new inspiration.  it’s frilly and fluffy like the early 1870’s, but it’s not quite so over the top as a lot of others.

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i do have my petticoat finished, complete with the ruffle of doom.  i might make another, without the huge ruffle, after i finish my new bustle.

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my new 1870 dress will get it’s own blog post.  until then!