I have terrible Costume A-D-D at the moment. Terrible. One of the many things I want to make *right now* is a new Civil War gown.
I can't even remember the last time I made anything Civil War! I actually have plenty of occasions to wear such a gown, here in Nevada, so I think it's time to work up a new one, with both a day and evening bodice.
To the Inspo!:
|Day Dress, 1860s, from the Centre de Documentacio i Museu Textil de Terrassa, but the link is broken, so here it is on Fripperies & Fobs.|
|Carte de Visite, c. 1863 - via|
|Clara Barton, c. 1866 - more on her on Wikipedia|
|Kyoto Costume Institute - c. 1865 - via|
|From eBay, but no longer available|
The fabric is decided already - a gorgeous aubergine silk I got in China - trimmed in black velvet, and paired with crisp white collar and cuffs. I have 7 yards, 60" wide, so I should have enough to do the two bodices and a full skirt, if I cut carefully.
|The purple silk - it has some very minor slubbing, so I'll call it Dupioni.|
|Truly Victorian TV443 - 1863 day bodice.|
|Simplicity 3727 - out of print, but you can get it on Amazon, Etsy, eBay, even from Simplicity's website.|
Of course, I have to *not* work on this until I'm done with the Red Russian Doll project (which is still interesting to me, at least!). So I shall just pet the purple silk, and admire it, and dream, until the time comes to start working on this. :-)