With the new living history season comes warm weather and ladies in want of dresses to suit. This dress is to be for a lady in our living history group who only has a wool dress right now. The style is one that is open all the way down the front and is then filled in with a neckerchief or a chemisette. I have the PeachTree Mercantile pattern but I have not decided yet if I want to use it and fit it to her or change her darted bodice pattern that I already know hits her well to be this style.
This floral lawn was found at Fashion Fabrics Club when it was on sale. It is not sheer but is very light with a tight weave.
I was inspired by these dresses when I was coming up with style options. No one in our group has done this style yet so I thought it would be a great opportunity once I saw how lovely it turned out for all of these ladies!
More pictures from Vivian Harrington here.
More pictures in the Kay Fig Gallery.
Denise's lovely creation found here.
Wool dress, circa 1860 found here.
Once my friend approved the idea, I started looking for chemisette ideas. I came up with these.
Denise's very pretty chemisette found here.
And some fancy chemisette examples from Godey's magazine.
I will keep you posted on how things come along!