The 1840’s Dress Cont…

So here is a little update on the corally-peach 1840’s pleated gown!

I added piping along the bottom edge of the bodice:

 

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And then began working on the skirt.  Due to the point in the front, it is important to adjust the skirt panels to accommodate the dip without messing up the hem:

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I only had enough time to put in one row of gathering stitches.  Hopefully I can complete the other row this week!

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Have a great day everyone!!


The Metropolitan Museum

I thought I would show you another book title on my “Must Get Soon” list, this time from the Metropolitan Museum.

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With beautiful photographs and paintings of not only jewelry but also close up of gowns, this book is perfect for learning and examining details.  Here is the link to the shop:

http://store.metmuseum.org Read More


The Victoria and Albert Museum

I am in the process of researching new books on historical fashion and dress making, with the idea that I will begin to invest in as many as financially possible.  I have completely exhausted the books I have now, and am looking forward to finding new sources of inspiration and knowledge.  I was browsing through the V&A museum and found their book shop with a slew of various types of books on fashion, textiles, and jewelry.  But here were the top two books I put on my list:

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Based on the book covers, you get an idea of what is inside.  X-rays of the foundations, the shapes, and the stitching lines of beautiful 17th century gowns… I am in love and very excited!  While I have only made a few gowns from this time period, I am still extremely interested and can’t wait to place my order!  Here is the link to the museum where you can also visit the book shop:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/f/fashion/

The  online exhibits have beautiful photographs of many different gowns from a variety of eras.  But to show many of the gowns to you in a fun little way, I found this video!

 Hope you enjoy!