The Tailorette

Civil War Era Archive

Friday

11

November 2016

2

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Civil War Remake

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You might recognize this gown from a previous post almost exactly a year ago.  It is, in fact, the same exact design, but not the same dress.  I enjoyed making this pattern so much that I decided I would make a replica, with a few minor changes.  This one is made out of a solid print, not a subtle pin stripe like the other one.  I also used less trim on the sleeves and added an extra tuck at the bottom of the skirt.  This time I modeled the dress, rather than using the mannequin.  There’s just something about having a live model that brings the design to life. 

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What I love most about this style is the simplicity.  There’s not too much frilliness, but just enough embellishment to add character and interest.  One thing I have found is how much I enjoy working with solid fabrics.  You can find a basic design and add the extra detail that normally wouldn’t show on a printed dress.  It allows me to exercise more creativity and brainstorming when it comes to constructing the gown.  

I do have many other ideas… hopefully sometime in the near future there will be newer designs coming up in my shop.  You may even see a few more 18th century popping up here and there.

Until next time,

-The Tailorette

Click here to purchase this dress.

Thursday

28

January 2016

6

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Civil War Ball Gown

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My first civil war dress of 2016!  After working on this gown, I am so motivated to experiment on other designs from the 1860s era.  I also learned a couple new techniques that I hope to use on many other projects this year.

Here I am fitting the bodice according to the customers size.

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Hand stitching the edges closed.

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The trim my customer picked out.

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And here goes more hand stitching.

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Because I didn’t have a grommet setter I had to hand stitch the holes by hand.

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Adding trim to the skirt.

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Weaving the ribbon through the holes.

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Voila!

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I am so glad I was able to start out 2016 with a bang!

– The Tailorette

Monday

16

November 2015

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Navy Civil War Gown

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Last week I had the opportunity to work on a custom civil war dress for a customer on the west coast.  I’ve noticed that my skills have improved since the last time I made a dress like this one.  What seemed so difficult to me last year was a breeze this time around!

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Assembling the basic part of the bodice.

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Fitting the bodice to the customers size.

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Successful custom fit!

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Hand stitching the inside seams to prevent the fabric from fraying.

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Adding the boning to add structure to the bodice.

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The bodice with boning and finished seams on the inside.

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Adding cording to the bodice.

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Unfinished edges all cleaned up.

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For this project, I had to make my own trim to match the bodice.

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Trim and sleeves complete.

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Constructing the skirt.

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Finished!

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And I’m off to make another civil war ball gown…

– The Tailorette