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Kitty’s Dress

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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.

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Dress Making Part 1

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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.

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Corded Petticoats

Antique 1840's corded petticoat from HistoricalSewing.com

Antique 1840’s corded petticoat from historicalsewing.com
This petticoat has a drawstring waist with 10 rows of cording at the hem and 13 rows spaced further apart (2.5″ apart?)

“From the late 1820s through to the 1860s, there was a structural undergarment that was required in order to get the “proper” bell-shape to your skirt: the Corded Petticoat. It came into fashion right after the Regency era when the waist line was slowly dropping and before the American Civil War when hoop skirts were commonly used.” ~ Jennifer Rosbrugh in 5 questions about corded petticoats at HistoricalSewing.com  Continue reading

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May 10 & 11, 2013

Civil War Encampment to Take Place on Statehouse Lawn

May 10 & 11, 2013

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The 13th Ohio Statehouse Civil War Encampment was held on May 7-8, 2010. The event was hosted by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse Photo Archive.

Columbus, Ohio – A two-day Civil War encampment will take place on the Statehouse lawn; May 10 and 11. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enacting group will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn of the Ohio Statehouse both days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  Continue reading

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