As I demonstrate bobbin lace in costume and wished to go to more events, I developed a need to widen my wardrobe to include the Civil War era. This dress was the first one I made. It was worn to the Manito, Illinois Sesquicentenniel in 2008.
The pattern used was Laughing Moon #114.
I absolutely loved this pattern! I found the directions easy to read and understand and both the sizing and fit were marvelous.
Made with cotton print and cotton piping (fabric leftover from the Regency turkey red spencer). The bodice lining is made from two different scraps of fabric leftover from other projects. The skirt is cartridge pleated, which at the time was a new experience for me. Not hard, just tedious. I think it took two hours to run both lines of stitches and gather. There are 10 pearly buttons (fake and cheap) down the front and piping at the neck, armhole, and waist.
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