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1805 Linen Morning Dress

Pale blue linen bib- fronted dress based on patterns in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion and Nora Waugh's The Cut of Woman's Clothes. The pattern was draped by me to mimic those in the books.

All sewing on this dress and it's undergarment was done by hand in the closest thing I could get to period techniques. Those undergarment's are a pair of transition stays (1795 to 1800), a short sleeved linen shift and a bodiced cotton petticoat. There is a small bustle pad attached to the interior of the dress by two eyelets and a lacing. (by small I mean about 4" by 3" ) It allows the fullness at the back of the gown to puff out just a little and give it the right look.

The decoration on the sleeves and bib is a very simple narrow lace which I sewed done in V patterns. I got the Idea from some pictures in The Cut of Woman's Clothes.

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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Wow, hey, from which book did you take the patterns?? I'm in a bit of a critical situation because there's a reenanctment in the beginning of June and I have no costume of the time (about 1805-1809) and I haven't been able to start my costume yet. The costume books of the library are not available because someone else had already taken them... :( And how long did it take to do this?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
It took me a lot of last summer to make this dress with the undergarments to go with it (a shift, corset and petticoat. But I did not work on it very steadily. You can certainly make a dress for June because it is not so important to have the right underclothes for regency costumes.

The book I took this from was one of the "patterns of fashion" books. There are four books but this dress came from the one with the 18th century costumes on the cover (I think it is number 1). The author is Janet Arnold.

You could also get a pattern from "Reconstructing History" which is a company that makes very good historical patterns. [link]

I look forward to seeing pictures of the dress you make!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
I have the book now (Norah Waugh)! I'm so happy that I could get it after all. Do you think that I should sew the dress to be worn with or without my stays?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
You would have to make different stays I think, though maybe not. It is probably easier just to make it not to be worn over stays (that's what they did in France!). Norah Waugh is very good, is the book "the cut of woman's clothes"?
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Yes, that's the book. I have already used it once before, and I also thought that it was very good :D I think I found just a good pattern, looks easy and fast to sew and the decade is correct.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Perfect! what fabric will you use?
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Umm, I don't know yet -.- I'll go to a fabric shop as soon as I have time. I'll probably buy some simple/cheaper fabric. I have been thinking red but I'm not sure yet... We'll see then. :D
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Isiswardrobe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
It's very pretty and suits you well
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you, and thanks for the fave.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmmm I like the bib bit on the front there... mmm yeahhh
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
haha, what's up with the mmmm's? Thanks.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thinking of how that sort of thing could be applied to sommat else.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah, of course. I should post a picture of how it goes together. It's quite the complicated garment to get on. There are flaps in front that pin closed and ties that have to go around and through loops on the back and then the bib/flap gets buttoned in place.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah, that'd be groovy
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
finally got around to it: [link]
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Aye! I say, I say
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celtic-chrys Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
I agree. I just made my first dress, and thought I would pull my hair out.
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graceful-oblivion Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
I still don't get how you can make these things. You look amazing though. >.>

How are you?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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KyrieofAccender Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008   Photographer
Very nice! It's a lovely dress, and you look comfortable too!
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to see something of an 1800s fashion from you! I do have a question, what would this dress have been worn for and by whom? It looks fairly every day but then I'm no judge of these things...
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
It's a morning dress, so yes, it was every day wear. I think this is a fairly average dress, maybe upper middle class. This is a more European style than an American one so I can't really say what class of American would wear it... sorry that's not more helpful.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nono, that's good enough for me! IF I ever get to drawing a female character in a dress I'm going to have to do some research of my own...
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh, yeah, I think that the lines of this dress are appropriate for middle class though upper class and the things that would change would be the fabric and trims. Poorer sorts would wear more practical/old fashioned clothes, possibly with lower waists.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense! You shall be my first port of call for queries ;)
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