Holy Monkey. I just saw the date of this dress and I made it in 2009! Wow! She is an old lady!!! Hahahahah!!!
Anyhoo, hello there! Yes, this TBT post is being written and posted on Saturday. Sorry about that! Things are so super crazy at The House of White at present, that I have time to eat, sleep, work on the musical...and do school with Colton and that's about it. So, while I have a little down time, I will share with you my green and ivory plaid NFE day dress!
I had purchased quite a lot of this fabulous large plaid cotton at Walmart years ago and made a bustle suit and had enough left over for an NFE dress. Huzzah for Walmart huh?!
I loved the green plants that were happily living in my "ladies parlour" for a while. Then they did what all green plants tend to do under my care. They died.
Here is the inspiration for this dress. I cropped it out of a colored fashion plate from 1876. I loved the use of color with the darker color used for the front placket, sleeves and front panel of the skirt. Happily I had the perfect color combination for the dress!
Since the hem of the skirt isn't really shown in the fashion plate, I decided to employ three layers of pleats. The bottom pleat is a box pleat, the middle row is 1" wide pleats and the top row is a double sided box pleat.
Fun with Picasa!! This one actually looks like an old timey photograph!
The also was not shown in the fashion plate and so had to make it up.
One of the mirrors on my wall is very old and the backing is crackled in a very lovely way. These next two images were taken in silhouette and then sepia toned. I LOVE how they turned out!
Green and Ivory poly taffeta
This is the extent of my craziness. I decided to pleat the dark colors in the dress. Therefore, the front placket was pleated...
...the back panels were pleated...
...the sleeves were pleated...
....aaaaand the front panel of the skirt was pleated!!! ACK!!!
I think I have an issue with pleats? Very much a love/hate relationship!!
Patterns that I used were:
Bodice: TV423 1877 Two-Tone Bodice
Underskirt: TV225 1878 Fantail Skirt
Overskirt: Me Made
Bustling: Me Made
I hope that your weekend is going wonderfully! Hopefully, I'll see you again next Thursday!!