So, as you may well know, I began working on this dress. To refresh your memories, I have links to the posts I wrote up about them: http://mairiglasgow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/mostly-about-dress.html is the first one, and this as well: http://mairiglasgow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/slow-steady-dress-progress.html
After Sister Hicks left, I admit I was apprehensive. I wasn't sure I could make myself finish the dress, and could imagine it languishing for another several years. But somehow I managed to work on it. The pieces of the skirt had been sewn together already, but I pinned the pleats in place, sewed the skirt to the bodice, and hemmed the skirt (as well as finishing touches like hooks & eyes, and making sleeve-puffs for the full 1830s sleeves).
Here are the last stages of the process and the result!
|A sleeve-puff in progress!|
|A close-up side view of the pleated skirt (left), the waistband (centre) and the bodice (right).|
|A closeup of the inside of the hem. 1830s hems were very high up on the skirt (even higher than this) and reinforced with muslin.|
|The stitches seen on the outside.|
|My underclothes: shift, stays (corset), petticoat & sleeve-puffs!|
|An expert example from the BBC "Wives & Daughters" of 1830s hair.|
|Though the dress isn't right, this is more what I was hoping my hair would do. Oh well!|
|I *did* get the crazy hair-loops & ribbons of the 1830s though!|
|I got more of an 1840s look. Meh.|
|I wore my dress to Stake Conference! Here I am posing with Mercy.|
|A cat outside church! It looked just like the "church cat" that hangs out at the branch building in New York!|
|Having a nice wander round the Botanic Gardens on the way home.|