Creating a pattern: 1852 Day Dress

So I have been debating the idea of taking one of my many patterns I have created and obtaining a copyright.  It has always been a dream of mine to one day become self sufficient through the selling of my gowns and patterns: this being one of the first steps towards that goal.  I have decided to start with a 1850’s style gown, as there are not as many of these in patterns as there are for the 1860’s styles.  I have had good luck with these decade in the past and an excited to begin this long process.

I am currently making the dress as I painstakingly recording each detail…which is difficult at times, since I am trying to be as specific as possible but several steps are just confusing.

Here are a few pictures of the gown based on the pattern I have created:

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The main features of this bodice are a pleats that start at the neckline and are all gathered into a point at the bottom.  The back of the gown also features gathers.

Have a great weekend!

1850 Round Gown

Well with all this snow we have been getting, I have cocooned myself inside and finally finished my photo studio.  I took one of the walls in my studio and created a large photographing area.  To test it out I decided to pull out one of my earlier gowns; a 1850 Round Gown.  I created this off of a picture in one of my historical clothing books and was very happy with the result.  The only thing I wish I had done differently is to have sewn down the front fabric folds.  Unfortunately I didn’t and they always shift out of place…grrrr….which is why I haven’t put it up for sale.  Nonetheless, I do think it is one of my better creations.



Still working on the early 1800’s gown and should be able to post pictures this weekend!