Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1862 German Traveling Dress

Early this year, I joined the Prescott Victorian Society and I have been working on a Civil War era project from this 1862 German Traveling Dress pattern.
Here is a timeline of photos.

I built the hoop skirt some time ago from one of Martha McCain's patterns for Simplicity:
The inside of the dress showing the deep hem facing:
The finished bodice before hooks and eyes concealed by the front facings are applied.  The dress is Indian silk doupioni and the appliqué and covered button contrast is 110 gram silk taffeta:
Shows the finish on the hem with the hem facing and crin in place with the front facing before and after it is turned:

Detail showing one set of appliqués on the skirt and on the sleeve:
The complete dress (sans under collar and under sleeves):
For a little more in depth, I use Pinterest.com as a project montage process where I gather images of inspiration, fabrics swatches, trims, etc. with the patterns I use.


Virginie said...

Wow, the result is exceptional, as usual. I admire all the details and all the work you put in those dresses!

Regena said...


Meg the Grand said...

The finished dress is positively stunning! The fabric is exceptionally gorgeous, and I love seeing all the details photos of your progress. Very well done!

mem said...

That is amazing , I love those triangles and the buttons . It sort of reminds me of the thiries and early 40s as well , Maybe they were inspired by the 1860s??
You do such a great job . I love your efforts .

Ann said...

absolutely breathtaking! your attention to details and talent shine in this!!!