Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pretty Dress of the Day Challenge - Simplicity Itself

1840 Fashion Plate

Christmas Season always bring us back to Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol", which was set in the year 1843, and was published December 19th, 1843.  Ladies fashions were coming out of the Regency era (1820s) and Romantic Era (1930s) and into something new or transitional.  Some of the prior fashion favorites were still popular, but new style details were coming forward.  Ladies gowns at the shoulders began to narrow and slope; waists became lower than previous decade (think empire) and now came to a point in the front, sleeve detailing moved from the elbow to the wrist; and where pleated fabrics once wrapped around the bust and shoulders, they now formed a perfect "triangle" style detail for the front of most day gowns.  Also, Cartridge pleating became popular.   Finally, the use of multiple layer upon layer of starched petticoats was needed to achieve the proper "bell" silhouette of the period.  The weight of these petticoats would eventually lead to the creation of the "crinoline" in the second half of the 1850's.   So, with a little bit of back ground, I am presenting today this Amazing 1850 Day gown. 

1850 Day Gown - MMA

This Gown has a wonderful fit through the shoulders and waist, then a beautifully flaired full length skirt. 
The jewel toned
blue with black accents is eye-catching and elegant at the same time.  I was searching around for ideas for a Civil War gown and saved this one to my inspiration folder.  Imagine my surprise when I found the Simplicity Pattern 3727!  I purchased this pattern, and it became the gown I talk about in "Flirting with Civil War Fashions".  The pattern itself states "Wisconsin Historical Society", but nowhere inside the pattern could I find information on the gown it was based on.  So, while some seamstresses do not believe that mainstream pattern companies, such as Simplicity or McCall's, can be historically correct, I would like to submit this pattern for your consideration.  This is the link to the above referenced "Flirting with Civil War Fashions" -


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