The 1790s Dress, Part Three

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Also known as ruffles, the blog post. I’ve been sick on and off all week (I’m allergic to autumn, and guess what’s right around the corner!), but I did manage to finish up my 1790s underdress, even though I was a bit slower than usual. Parts one and two can be found here and here.

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I started out with a very simple rectangular top, and made the straps extra long so I could adjust them to the exact right height as needed. I also gave it some extra wiggle room so it wouldn’t need to have any closures that would create bulk.

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Next came the skirt, which was made of three large rectangles sewn together (about 4 yards of fabric).Β I left the skirt too short, to leave room for a ruffle at the bottom. I gathered down the 4 yard rectangle and attached it to the top.

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Next, I made an 8 yard strip of fabric that would act as the skirt ruffle. This fabric wrinkles when I look at it funny, so first the entire thing had to be ironed and steamed.

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I sewed two rows of gathering threads, and gathered the Β yards down to four.

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Finally it got attached to the skirt!

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I was very tempted just to leave it at this point, honestly. No one was going to see the sleeves, and there are a few extant examples of sleeveless chemises from about a decade later. However, my conscience got the better of me, and I made a basic sleeve pattern.

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I cut out two and attached it to the bodice.

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And then it was done! The next step is going to be a pretty hat to cover up my short, not-very-accurate hair. It might not be the most 100% accurate hat, but it’s certainly going to be better than the chin-length hair I have!

 

Thanks for reading,

Inara

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