Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lancaster Cemetery Living History

I finished my newest sheer dress just in time for our picnic at the Lancaster Cemetery. This dress was inspired by the sheer dress painting in the above post. It's made of ivory silk organza with a small plaid pattern in it. I've had the silk for awhile and when I saw this painting I knew that it would be perfect!

The bodice is a gathered bodice with an ivory silk half-high lining darted bodice beneath. The sleeves have a double puff at the top and open pagoda sleeves trimmed with ivory organza silk gathered. The gathered trim is repeated on the skirt and a narrow 1/4" sheer ivory ribbon runs through the trim. The skirt is cartridge pleated/guaged.

Side view of the sleeves. The dress is slightly longer at the back, so I'd like to make a petticoat to wear with it that is slightly longer than my current petticoat. With sheer dresses, petticoat beauty matters.

Back view.

The bodice is gathered at the center back. (My chemise is showing a lot on the right embarrasing!)

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  1. I love it!!! What a wonderful event it looks like you had, too :-)

  2. Hi there,
    I am in the process of making a civil war dress, and I was wondering if you had done any research on wether a sleeve without an under sleeve is period correct? I would rather not do an under sleeve, but I want to know if that was period correct.

    Thank you!
    Hannah B