1950’s Housewife dress

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This is how I always look when I’m baking scones =) Of course your scones tastes better if you wear pearls when making them, and why not wear a 1950’s inspired dress to match your pearls?

 

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“Water bath? No, wrong recipe!”

 

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“Darling, it’s tea time!”

Finally, I took some time to get proper photos of this dress I made back in 2010. The fabric, that actually is from the 1950’s (or 1960’s?), was a gift. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the longer skirt that I wanted, so I decided to make a loose underskirt as well, to look decent. I drafted the bodice pattern from my own measurements and the skirt was improvised with what was left of the fabric. The waist seam is hidden underneath the black satin ribbon, and the dress is fastened with a zipper in the back.

New Year, New Blog, New Garment

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With this being my first blog post, I want to welcome you all to this blog!

Without further ado, I will jump right into the first challenge of The Historical Sew Fortnightly, a challenge held by The Dreamstress.

In February I will make a performance in regency clothes, so I have to complete my regency wardrobe with the accurate underwear in order to get the right silhouette. Instead of working with the regency underwear and the challenges separately I’ve decided to try to combine the themes for the challenges with my upcoming performance. Nice time saver, isn’t it!

For the first challenge – “Make do & mend” – I made a shift of soft white linen. Most of the fabric I got from a medieval veil that I’ve never used because I made it too big. It was too small for a whole shift though, so I had to use some linen from my stash as well. I did as period seamstresses would have done and cut out rectangles and triangles and sew them together by hand with waxed linen thread.  Halfway through I realized that I had made it too wide so I had to cut off five cm from one side and sew that side seam once again.  A bit time consuming but I wanted to get it right. As I learned from that medieval veil – if it is too big, I will never use it…

The neckline can be adjusted with a drawstring, made from braided linen thread, also from the stash.

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JUST THE FACTS

The Challenge: #1: Make Do & Mend 

Fabric: Linen

Pattern: None, the shift is constructed with rectangles and triangles.

Year: 1800-1820

Notions: Linen thread for sewing and for the drawstring.

How historically accurate is it? All of the material is period, and so is the construction. It is entirely handsewn with period techniques (and sometimes only in the light of a candle!) so pretty much =)

Hours to complete: The whole first season of “Endeavour”, 5 x 90 min + some extra hours, so in total about 10 hours.

First worn: The photo shoot, January 4, 2014.

Total cost: 0. I had the fabric and the thread in my stash already.

 

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