Thursday, February 28, 2013

1860s Silk Dress Reproduction

Recently, my mother, Nancy, completed this beautiful green silk taffeta day dress based off of an original. The original was a dress that I have admired and wanted to reproduce for awhile. The dress design was selected to work well when worn with the original red paisley shawl that my mother received as a Christmas gift. The only modifications to the design of the original dress were the replacement of the pagoda sleeves with coat sleeves.

Here the dress is worn in the home of President James Buchanan, Wheatland, in Lancaster, PA.


A CDV with similar skirt trim.

The original dress and inspiration for this reproduction.

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  1. The dress is lovely! Your mom did a fantastic job!

  2. I love that original green dress. The trim is quite striking. Your mom did a great job with her dress! That light shade of green is so pretty and the luster of the silk is stunning. I'd love to see some close up shots of the dress, too! Maybe some skirt and bodice close ups? :)


  3. It's beautiful and you look great in it!

  4. This is absolutely stunning! The choice of fabric works perfectly to showcase the trim. Very, very pretty!

  5. Wonderful job, beautiful lady! I have the pleasure of seeing this gown in real life with Miss Nancy tomorrow, at Wheatland. Can't wait!