Kitty’s dress is finished! The cotton fabric is a blue, green, and brown print of birds, leaves, flowers, and branches on an ivory ground. It has brown cotton epaulets at the shoulders, matching brown piping at the sleeve hems, and brown fabric covered buttons. The collar is an antique ivory lace collar from my collection.
For the mother’s dress, I first made a test of the bodice and sleeves in some spare fabric similar in weight and weave to the final fabric. Even though Kitty’s corset hadn’t arrived yet, we were able to test the bodice fit by having her try it on with a similar corset and her chemise on. I was able to tell that the fit through shoulders and neck worked well. I’ll make the final bodice able to have fine tuning adjustments made to the waist when we have her corset.
Wondering if this would be an appropriate choice for my dress. It seems like cotton makes the most sensee, although it would be hard to get in Civil War times. Perhaps my dress is a bit older?
Jenny Jones has a Fabric choices for Civil War era dresses board on Pinterest with interesting examples of fabrics. Here is a pin she has that is light colored prints from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Textile Sample Book
- Date: 1860–70
- Culture: French
- Dimensions: H. 18 3/4 x W. 14 inches 47.6 x 35.6 cm Th. 3 inches 7.6 cm
- Classification: Textiles
- Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Benjamin E. Marks, 1967