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Candlewicking Dress.

Added Aug 16, 2011

by AllyCat Darling

Newport , Kentuc...






I found some gorgeous ‘candlewicking’ fabric from the 1800’s on Ebay. The fabric was 3-4 yards, but was very tattered and discolored, so this dress required lots of piecing!

I used a pattern from the 1950’s to make the dress, and also made the bow belt by hand.

I LOVE the dress, but the fabric was very difficult to sew (and was especially hard on my sewing machine!)

Totally worth it though!!

Material Notes

1800’s ‘candlewicking’ fabric (cotton/canvas)
Interfacing (for belt)




Garment Type

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  • Meg_large

    Aug 17, 2011, 10.35 PMby madebymeg

    that fabric is GORGEOUS!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 10.07 PMby Testosterone

    I’m luv’n the rotary dial phone, and you ’doo!!!!

    Congrats on the fabric find, great dress!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 04.15 AMby ladykatza

    I love this. I love it even more because this sort of fabric was used for undergarments. The fact you made a wonderful dress out of it to walk around town in would have been scandalous! giggles

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      Aug 18, 2011, 09.22 PMby AllyCat Darling

      Ha! I didn’t realize that, cool!

  • Dscn0639_large

    Aug 17, 2011, 02.34 AMby AllyCat Darling

    P.s. I only listed this as intermediate because of the difficulty of working with the fabric!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 09.17 PMby flowergirl22

    do you know,, I looked at the second photo and thought there was a pattern in the middle of the dress,, no it was the phone cord,, cilly me

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.22 PMby MientjiB

    Beautiful! :-)

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