I made an 1840s dress for the holidays
Recently I turned 40 years old. For quite some time, I had thought about making something special for myself for my birthday but when the time came, I really wanted something nice and cozy. Christmas is coming and I thought that a nice 1840s dress would suit my mood perfectly.
I bought the pattern McCall’s 7988 by Angela Clayton. It has short sleeves but I figured I could draft longer sleeves to make this dress work better for the winter.
I ordered 5 m of this fabric from Karnaluks, Estonia. This is a very nice quality cotton poplin that isn’t super wrinkly which I like a lot. Unfortunately, I was a bit careless and didn’t spot the little paw prints on the fabric! They were clearly visible on the website but I just didn’t look carefully enough! Luckily those aren’t really super visible, in fact, you have to look for them to spot them.
Here is my video on making this dress:
Here are some stills from the video. I still haven’t taken proper pictures. It seems that when I’m taking video, I always forget! I also made myself a Victorian day cap that I will talk more about later when I make a post about 1840s accessories.
I’m glad I added pockets to the skirt. They are well hidden among the folds of the skirt but they can fit all my necessary items if I don’t carry a purse.
Here is a back view of the dress:
Underneath, I’m wearing a chemise, a 1830s/1840s corset, a corded petticoat, and a linen petticoat. The petticoat is the same one I wear with my folk costumes. It’s not as pretty as those frillly cotton petticoats were during the 1840s but it works just fine and gives my skirt a nice amount of volume.
You can see that I have been practicing with my spinning wheel. I finally got it to cooperate and now I want to learn how to spin good yarn!
Thank you for reading and see you soon! Happy sewing!
Your work is so fun to follow. Great idea to use the ties as boning.
Great fabric selection. The plaid and colors look right for 1840 time frame. I don’t see paw prints, even after reading they are in there. The outfit is beautiful.