Here is the inspiration for the 1860s Green Silk Ballgown that I am currently working on. I liked the sleeve style and skirt trim. My dress will be mainly Green Silk with white silk trim. It won't look exactly like this picture...this was just the inspiration, then I designed the dress myself based on research from originals and what I thought would look pretty and correct to the period.
Currently I am working on the skirt trim. Gathering yards and yards of Green Silk and White Silk Organza. :)
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And, check out this great Blog about College Students reproducing an original early 1900s dress. Very interesting! I liked reading about how they used chalk to rub off a pattern from the original dress skirt.