Inside Out Sequence: All photographs courteous of sister - thanks a ton!
First layer: striped stockings, 1850s chemise & corset.
Second layer: petticoat.
Third layer: bodiced petticoat.
Fourth Layer: kerchief & blue striped short gown.
Alternate Fourth Layer: kercheif & golden print short gown.
Fifth Layer: cross-over strap apron. (Note: bib aprons do not look great with short gowns, opt for a half apron instead.)
Completed Project Shots:
"Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values" ~Ralph Ellison
|Showing off my Fugawee "Rose" Boots, which still look good|
after an entire season of wear & tear!
Pattern: GCM&V short gown pattern, Regency apron directions
Material: cotton muslin, 100% linen, checked homespun, reproduction cottons
Cost: Did not keep track of total expenses - 4 yards of linen $35, 4 yards of reproduction cotton (2 yards of each) $40, stash fabric
Critique: Nowhere near perfect, but it's a start! I am very happy with the construction of each of the garments - though the fit could use a little work. My favorite piece is probably the blue short gown, which is very comfortable and I can see myself wearing it with modern clothes. My least favorite piece is the apron, which just doesn't fit well, especially over a short gown. Eventually, I'll need to make period appropriate undergarments, but, for now, my conglomeration works fine.
Overall verdict I'd say is satisfactory - the garments are holding up to wear at work well and I'm looking forward to wearing them again and again through the end of this season!