My mother just completed a new 1860s dress for herself and I wanted to share pictures with you. While fabric shopping together over Christmas break we discovered this lovely silk fabric that I fell in love with. I thought that it would make the perfect evening gown, but since silk is expensive, we decided that it should also have a day bodice. The finished dress has a pelerine and pair of pagoda sleeves that can be worn with it to make it appropriate for day wear, and for evening they can be removed. The dress is in the style of the late 1850s to early 1860s. The undersleeves are made of cotton net and are based off of an original set. I helped her with the design and she constructed it.
Glenda's bonnet is made by the very talented Beverly Lister. She is a wonderful bonnet maker with an eye for period detail.