Added Aug 31, 2011
Warwick, United ...
I made this dress as a costume for a charity fundraising show based on Jane Austen. I made it in a hurry so it’s not perfect, but then the audience would have never known!
I used the Danielle pattern as a starting point, but obviously had to make some changes:
I had to make it longer, and I used hooks and eyes, not a zip (though buttons would do too, I guess).
I added width to the skirt pieces and increased the gather so I had about 4 folds, not just the two pleats, making a much more full skirt which is more suitable for the period
I also cut the neckline a little higher and more rounded as it’s very square and low.
I used a polyester fabric I had in my material box, so it’s not terrible authentic. The whole dress is fully lined in cotton, bodice and skirt.
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