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!!
Hi! This dress looks great for a stroll in the park! Your pleat obsession really went out of control here, but the pleated accents add a certain "chic" to the whole look :)ReplyDelete
Actually Melinda, I did get my picture taken while wearing in Central Park in New York City! So, that is so fun that you would say that! Ya...I do love my pleats! hahahahaha!!!Delete
WOW!!! Beautiful, Ms. Gina! I love it!!! (I also like that you use modern materials! Period materials are just too expensive most of the time :( )ReplyDelete
Lovely dress and lovely lady!!
Thank you so much Ruth! I do love using modern materials. I don't belong to any reenactment groups for just that reason. The expense is the main reason and I make too many dresses to justify the purchase of over $8.00 a yard fabric!Delete
Gina, I really LOVE this dress, it's just perfect in every aspect!ReplyDelete
Thank you so very much Asia! I am so happy this one isn't one that I have sold!Delete
The dress is beautiful. And a pattern on fabric <3ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Dorfi! Yes, the pattern is one that I particularly love!Delete
Your dress is utterly gorgeous!! But wow, that is a lot of pleats, do you have a pleater? I tend to have much more of a hate relationship with pleating (although I love how they look) and I can't imagine doing that many without a pleater.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Tiffany! Yes, I do have several pleaters. I make my own out of heavy weight card stock. That way I can custom make the width of my pleats! Huzzah! I have a love hate relationship with pleats. I love how they look, but I hate making them! hahahahah!Delete
Truly swoon-worthy. Your work is a constant inspiration to me :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Kura! I am always so happy to hear that the things I make are an inspiration to someone! Totally makes my day!Delete
Ah, so your obsession with a quantity of pleating which would make mere mortals weep has been going strong since at least 2009! Beautiful dress!ReplyDelete
Ha! That is such a fun thing to read! Thank you BT! Yes, the pleating obsession started way back when and has never let go! Thank you so much!Delete
My word, this is gorgeous. Your attention to detail and perfection of silhouette is such an inspiration!ReplyDelete
Thank you so very much Lauren! The attention to detail is what oftentimes gets me into trouble...lying awake at night, day dreaming etc...But in the end is worth the effort and time spent!Delete
You do what I most love on these dresses: lots of trims! And the more the better in my opinion. Wish I could have seen this dress when you wore it. I love green, and your former green ladies salon set it off perfectly. I really like those framed ferns too.ReplyDelete
OH WAIT!! That last photo!! Did you unravel the hem to make a fringe?? You whacky lady!ReplyDelete