Many people are under the assumption that with the advent of cotton gins and the sewing machine that everyone sewed their clothing on a sewing machine. In actuality it wasn't until much later on when the creation of sewing machine loans (payment plans, etc) that sewing machines in every home became more common place.
The dress Janae studied is taken from the mid 1860's and was still handsewn.
We were taught the various stitches found on the gown and how to put in together by hand in a period correct manner.
A mosmosh of stitches...
Please understand that this is a work in progress and could possible take me a whole year to complete!!
But I wanted you to see the amazing detail on the reproductions Janae and Emma made and show you the fabric for my dress. (I am very tempted to cheat and sew it up real quick on my machine BUT I won't!!!!)
Anyway, my lovely table partner at this workshop was Katherine and she helped fit my bodice over my corset (apparently depending on the way it was made you can wear this without a corset and multiple petticoats).
Now the amazing detail on Janae's dress.
|Piping on the armsyce.|
And this cute lil hat!
Regular size hat with doll hat inserted in the center.
Velvet ribbon "x" spaced out on top and a ribbon on bottom to tie to on to your head!
As my handsewing progresses I'll post updates :)
Until later ...