Last night I started working on my 1840s day dress. It will be made from an Ikea duvet cover that I adore - its a wonderful floral pattern that I've already seen a few historical costumers use for gowns. I've chosen to make my sleeves like the green gown in Young Victoria, except that I'm still deciding on whether to gather or pleat them at the top.
For the bodice I'm thinking about making a fitted front with reveres, narrow at the waist and widening out to the shoulders, like below.
My fabric, a cotton Ikea duvet cover
As soon as I cut out my pattern pieces I use the remnants on the bias to prepare the piping.
Each pattern piece is interlined with cotton organdy. This provides support for a structured bodice. As I'm working in a hurry and don't plan to line the bodice, I've overlocked the edges with white thread.
|Reveres completed - interlined and lined with cotton organdy for stability. Piped along the outside edge. These will be attached between the centre and side front bodice pieces.|
|Front of bodice, with revere attached. I have piped the vertical seams of the front feature.|
|Bodice complete, now for the sleeves.|
|Hand pleating the top of the sleeves. Make sure you use glass headed pins.|
|First row of sleeve ruffles attached.|
|Top of sleeve is backed with cotton organdy. Sleeve ruffles are sewn through both layers.|
|Two rows of sleeve ruffles.|
|Sleeve pinned in place to see how it looks. Next to gather bottom sleeve into a cuff.|
|Better photo - taken at night.|
Patterns that I'm using:
Bodice - 1840s German Dress from Truly Victorian
Sleeves - Figleaf Patterns 1857 Day Dress & Jean Hunnisett
Skirt - 1840s German Dress from Truly Victorian