Last year while looking at the fabrics at Walmart, I stumbled across this fabulous, colorful, wonderful cotton print. I knew that I had to have it and I knew exactly what I would make out of it. An 1830s day dress. I didn't get around to making it last year, which is probably a good thing since I just recently finished the corded petticoat that is needed to go under dresses from the 1830s...one needs these sorts of things if one wants one's dresses to look right.
Anyhoo, this week I couldn't bear the siren's song of this dress any longer. I began in earnest the planning and plotting of what I will be calling the "Autumn in Cranford" dress. I don't know what it is about this fabric, but it seriously causes my eyes to salivate. Does that make sense to any of you dress makers? Am I just nuts? Personally, I think that particular description can totally be attributed to me... I seriously dig the colors in this fabric.
|The colors are so fun and old fashioned looking.|
|This is going to be so fun!!|
|I'm thinking about using the red silk for the bonnet.....I have some brown feathers that may be used to decorate it!|
The Inspiration Dresses....
I have been drooling over some beautiful cotton print dresses for quite some time. I even made a Pinterest board of 1830s Cotton Print Dresses for easy research access...That's how obsessed I have been over these as of late!! I love how the colors of the dress, belt, bonnet and sometimes shawl are so off the wall and don't even match! But what is fun about all of that is that everything goes together so very fabulously! I hope that my ensemble will have the affect these ensembles do!
1825-1830 Day Dress: Source V&A Museum
I love the red of this dress with its orange and blue flowers. The yellow/gold belt is awesome. All of the dresses I have been drooling over have sweet, ruffled lacy chemisettes...
1828 Day Dress: Source V&A Museum
Sweet yellow roller printed dress. The double flounce on this one is so lovely! This ensemble is more matchy-matchy, but still so gorgeous!
Source: Fashion Blog
I LOVE this ensemble! The blue belt really makes me smile! I will be attempting to make a collar/chemisette like the one this dress wears. Wish me well! So very beautiful this dress is!
I began work on the chemisette this afternoon and will be sleeping on what I have pinned together...well, not really sleeping on it, but rather letting what was fiddled with sit on Emma and giving my brain a chance to rest and see it with new eyes in the morning...but I am sure you know what I meant!!
Good night and I hope you all sleep well!
Blessings to you my friends!
Fun fun fun! I look forward to seeing your progress. I'm sure the dress and accessories will be lovely and make us all envious!ReplyDelete
Oh I hope not envious!! But thank you for your compliments! I am really excited about this project! I hope it comes together in reality like I see it in my imagination!!!Delete
LOVE! We need more 1830s dresses in the world. I can't wait to see how yours comes out!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lauren! I too believe there should be more 1830s dresses in the world! They are so much fun!Delete
I LOVE this fabric <3 The print is lovely! Can't wait to see the finished dress!ReplyDelete
Thank you Bella! The print makes me so happy!Delete
Well that is completely adorable! Much of Texas was settled in the 1830s ( just sayin) Cranford on my friend! It's yummy fabric!ReplyDelete
Thank you my friend!! I totally forgot that Texas was settled in the 30s!!! Le Squeeeeee!!! What fun!Delete
I forgot to say, I LOVE your fabric you're using for the dress. And you're more creative than I am in making your own fichu. Someday I hope to hand embroider a batiste one.ReplyDelete
Oh thank you Val! This fabric is one of my favorites of all the dresses I've made. I too would love to hand embroider a collar...I just don't have the time to do that for this project...but one day!!Delete
This is going to be cute! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. Now that I have an 1830s ballgown I really want a day gown as well. Hooray for giant sleeves!ReplyDelete
Oh wonderful Vivien! I look forward to following your 1830sday dress when you get started!! Yes! Hooray for giant sleeves aaaaand ridiculously wonderful hair!!Delete
That fabric is DIVINE! Can't wait to see the progress on this!ReplyDelete
Oh thank you so very much Crystal! Hopefully next week I can get started on the actual dress!Delete