|The Sophia Project: Chronicles of an 1870s Wrapper Reproduction|
Remember The Sophia Project? Otherwise known as the major project of my costume internship at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, the reproduction process for 1870s wrapper has reached its climax. The end is in sight. Ever since the Preparing for the Holidays event on November 22nd, I've been spending two days a week in the costume shop working on the details of Sophia, mostly hand-sewing piping, facings, hems, etc. Finally, after months of machine and hand stitching, the wrapper itself is finished!!! All that's left to do now is the silk trim and bows! What a journey.
Sophia's description reads:
Hello! My name is Sophia. I am a wrapper.
Not the kind that candy comes wrapped in, but the equally yummy eye-candy for historical clothing enthusiasts! Think of me as a morning gown or, later in the century, similar to a tea gown, a semi-fitted or loose dressing gown that women would wear in the morning or evening over their undergarments. We often follow the trends of more fashionable dress, and are a prime choice for maternity wear, offering women a cut with style and comfort in mind. We also have great durability, typically fashioned from printed cottons for the summer and warm wools for the winter, and stand up to many years of wear.
Come back later for more progress or wait until next season when you may catch me lounging in one of those lovely 1870s houses!
Completed wrapper shots in the shop:
|Front of wrapper: notice the tiny neckline & armscye piping.|
|Side view of dropped armscye & coat sleeve.|
|Close up of front side of sleeve.|
|Inside of wrapper: notice the pocket, whip stitched fronts |
& facings on the neckline, sleeves and hem.
|Inside of sleeve with visible hand & machine stitching.|
So, what's next for the Sophia Project? Trim!
|Bias strips cut for all of Sophia's bows!|
That's 150+ inches of printed cotton, 150+ inches of polished cotton to back the bows & 300+ inches of black silk for the tiny 1/8th inch bias bound edges of the bow...wish me luck!
While there won't be any more weekly internship updates in the new year, stay tuned in 2015 for a post on the trimming & completion of the Sophia Project! Thanks for reading!