Tuesday, May 18, 2010

1800 White Gauze Gown

It turned out perfect! And I'm very happy with it.

It was a bit of a challenge finishing the inside because the bodice was not flatlined at all. I did, however, cover the bodice/skirt seam with twill tape for support.

The dress is weight-y, despite the sheer cotton gauze fabric, and the shoulders and back neckline take strain because of this. Therefore, I put in the twill tape so it would hug the body snugly and take off some of the weight from the shoulders.

The front closes with two small hooks and thread loops at the waist and a functional drawstring at the neckline. The waistband is a narrow 5/8" wide.

The side back/back bodice seams were sewn together with a hand backstitch. I followed the seamlines of the sketch from Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail, so I wanted that seam to be topstitched and visible.

You can see the petticoat ties through the fabric here.

Being early Regency, the skirt is gathered all around in the "round gown" style. However, the gathers are not too full around the center front for a more flattering effect. The sides are hardly gathered (to keep the ribcage small in appearance), and the back gathers are concentrated to about 5" at center back.

And here's the dress "in action" as was taken during my "Dressing A Lady" presentation at the Jane Fest on May 8th.

Notice the gown's smooth sides at the waistband. The bodice and skirt are both "flat" here to minimize ribcage width. This is a good tip to follow for any 19th Century sewing - keep space between the arm and ribcage for a flattering look.


Jennifer said...

The sheer gauze fabric was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics in the Home Dec department where the sheers were displayed.

I scored with the 100% cotton which I threw into my washing machine after purchase to pre-treat.

FashionK said...

SEWwwww beautiful!!! Love it!

Lauren said...

Love it!!

Regnboge said...

Amazing, I love it! When I get married, I want to have a wedding dress in this style:)

Barbara said...

Very beautiful :)

Rhonda G said...

This is a beautiful dress.
I have a question, maybe you can direct me. I've been searching all day for some fashion/pattern archives that are downloadable for free, maybe old magazines that feature patterns that are archived someplace. Looking mainly for Victorian - early pioneer styles.

Jennifer Rosbrugh said...

Ronda, have you looked at the Marquise site? Lots of period patterns for download. http://www.marquise.de/

Also check out the Vintage Pattern Lending Library too. http://vpll.org/