Added Feb 19, 2012
This is my daughter’s Civil War Era dress. The pattern (Simplicity 2843) was more for an 1890s style dress. I raised the hemline to give it more of an 1865 look.
The most challenging part of the construction was fitting the yoke to the bodice. It seemed a lot easier in the instructions than it turned out to be. I gathered the edge of yoke slightly to help the fit. The second time I sewed it in I was satisfied. Now I can say I’ve learned a new skill – how to fit a yoke to a bodice.
The bodice is lined with same shell material.
I decorated and shaped a floppy straw hat into a bonnet. I attached a piece of wire under the front rim to keep it from flopping down. I guess I can say this is my first attempt at millinery.
The dress has a zipper in the back. If I had had more time I would have sewed buttons and buttonholes down the back to make it more authentic. Maybe next tme.
Overall, I am very happy with dress.