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1840’s Pleated Dress Cont…

So I have been slowly but surely working on the corally-pink pleated gown.  After I basted the pleats onto the shoulder, I hand stitched them at certain points to make sure they stayed in place, as well as stitched the ends of the pleats so they would lay flat.


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This part was very time consuming and I stuck myself four times with the result of my fingers becoming clumsy from all of the bandaids…the life of a sewer!

Than I made three oval pieces to put over the edges of the front pleats and to go over the shoulder seams.  The front piece I edged in piping.

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I did a simple running stitch along the outer edges of the three pieces.

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The next step is to attach the sleeves.  Stay-tuned!!

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  1. I’m currently starting to making a 1839 day dress, everything is hand sewn, and i also have the individual pleats which are strips. i can see you have done a dress with the strips of fabric acting as pleated decoration. could you tell me where you found your reference for this to please. I don’t seem to be having any luck with this element of the dress. thank you Kyra

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