This Danish wedding gown has long been of interest to me, and this week I received the fabric that I'd had custom embroidered for it. The original can be seen at http://natmus.dk/historisk-viden/temaer/modens-historie/1790-1840/hvid-brudekjole/.
|My version of the embroidery pattern
|Closer up of fabric with white embroidery along the hem.
Below are the photos I took of this gown on my recent trip to Denmark. It was so fantastic to see it up close, right in front of me. Unfortunately, it was behind glass, so these are the best photos I could get.
- Nehelenia's 1790 Chemise Dress Pattern (based on this exact gown) gives a good bodice base and overlay.
- Sense & Sensibilities Elegant Ladies Closet Pattern is good to use for dress construction methods as this gown is constructed like the drawstring gown. I used the skirt pattern but adjusted the fabric widths to fit my gown - my front pieces were wider and I used 2.5m for the back panel. Another pattern you could try that I did not experiment with is the Laughing Moon Chemise Dress, but it does not have the pleated collar overlay and I am unsure how the front is gathered.
My recommendation for beginners/intermediate is to make the Sensibility drawstring gown with elbow length sleeves and add the overlay from the Chemise dress pattern. It's not quite what I did but would probably end being a lot easier.
|I put together two of these from sturdy linen for the boned bodice
and one from fine linen for the lining.
|The bodice is boned with cotton cord.
|The back is pleated over the top of the boned bodice.
|Laced at the front.
Eyelets are sewn by hand using a thick linen thread
from Burnley & Trowbridge.
|Back view of laced bodice.
|Pleated overlay with cotton stay tape as mentioned in the pattern instructions.
|According to the instructions the ends are mounted onto cotton stay tape.
|Tape pinned for sewing down.
|Once the tapes are sewn down the back is sewn together by hand.
|Overlay is attached to the front skirt panel.
I made a french seam for tidiness and then ran a cotton tape through the casing.
Don't forget to sew the ends into the side seam before you finish constructing the gown.
Pleating the back and finishing off the gown:
|2.5m fabric pleated onto the back.
Using 2" pleated I make a pleat facing towards center back,
pin it, then measure 1", stick in pin, and do next pleat to that pin.
|Starting to look like a dress at last!
|3am selfie after sewing all night to get it finished.
|Front view with proper camera - must check my son's camera
settings because my iphone photos ended up a lot better than this.
My husband wouldn't take the shawl away
so its a bit hidden.
|Close up of the back. I must say white
is a really bad colour to photograph outdoors.