A New Dress

As those who follow this blog have seen, I was very excited to sew my first set of historically inspired underpinnings back in the winter/spring. I did it mostly for the experience and to learn how to sew by hand. My sister challenged me to enter the chemise into our county fair and I actually placed in the adult division with it! I was so excited to receive a ribbon for my 100% hand sewn and finished dress. To see that project click HERE.

I have now officially started the next project in this stage of historically inspired sewing projects. Technically, this new project is inspired by a film that was inspired by a book which was published in 1908, but I’m considering the whole thing historically inspired.

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So without further ado, a preview of the fabric for this project:

The fabric is polyester imitation satin and organza because I don’t exactly have the pocket book yet for authentic silk. However, it looks almost identical and I am beyond enthusiastic about starting this project. The sash will be a deep royal purple, and the dress and overlay ivory. The inspiration for this dress is the ivory organza¬†and satin striped overlay worn by Anne during her concert at the White Sands Hotel (1985 rendition). The only striped organza I could find almost anywhere was in England and LA and it would take 2 weeks to get here…neither the time or the price fit into my design constraints, so crushed imitation organza seemed equally lovely ūüėČ

This will be an exciting project. I hope to post the finished results once I have reached that point. The plan is to have it finished in time for an upcoming Christmas Ball.

Wish me luck ūüôā

~God Bless!~

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Historical Sewing|Chemise and Drawers

As I explained in my first historical sewing post, this skill¬†is something I have wanted to learn for very long time. I had done a preview of the mid-1800’s styled chemise and drawers a couple weeks ago and wanted to wait to give the project¬†revue until I had worn the clothing a couple times and tested the strength of the stitching.

Now that that is done, I can give a truthful analysis of the pattern, the technique, and the practicality of this project.

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To begin my historical sewing endeavors, it seemed logical to start from the inside and work out. So the first piece I made was a chemise, or lightweight under dress similar to and often used as a night gown.

I used the Simplicity Pattern 9769 as a basis for both the chemise and drawers. A couple modifications were made to the design due to personal preference. I used a lightweight, soft, off-white muslin. The entirety of the project is hand-stitched.

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Full front view

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Front drawstring adjustable neckline with overlap

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gathered banded, gusseted sleeves

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Back view

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The drawers I made are split, as is consistent with the time era. They are trimmed, at the bottom of the legs, with cream lace that I found at a thrift store. It was a bit of a challenge attaching the lace because it was about a centimeter short and getting the hem even was rather tricky. But overall, the fit was rather comfortable, and the chemise tucks in rather nicely to preserve modesty.

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Full side view

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Front view, gathered waist

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Lace trimming

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Un-tied drawstring back closure

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Inside back view of front waistband detailing

I was very nervous to start an entirely hand sewn article. However, it was a relatively simple pattern that didn’t take as much time as I thought it would. I probably spent about 10 hours max on both pieces. I used double thread for most of the seam work and it seems to be quite durable, I’ve slept in the chemise and there has been no fraying, ripping, or feeling it would fall apart. I am quite pleased with how this turned out.

If you are interested in completing this project for yourself, or would like to commission a set, let me know and I can share more details regarding these garments:)

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak…”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

Historical Sewing

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Stock-Image-Separator-GraphicsFairy21For many years now, I have had dreams of being a talented seamstress. I have been sewing almost my entire life, but it has only been in the last couple of years that I have really gotten excited about improving and making beautiful articles. The more I have been getting excited about sewing, the more I’ve yearned to learn about Civil War Era costuming.

As of this week,¬†I can finally say that I am a beginning costumer. After almost two years of procrastinating, for fear for messing up, I took the plunge. I can’t wait to share the details of my first project once it is completely finished. Until then,¬†this teaser will have to suffice.

God bless you in your endeavors today!

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