It’s the weekly interruption of the Otari Hoodie Sew Along for Rate the Dress. For this week’s frock I’ve picked something in colours that are diametrically opposite to all the teals and blues I’m working on with my Hoodies: an 1840s day dress in warm ochre gold and plum purple satin.
Nobody likes butt bows. And, as it turns out, just-below-the-front-knee bows really aren’t that much more popular. Nor are weird flaps in the back of the dress that look like it didn’t get fastened properly. But deep grape purple satin (this was at least the 4th RTD we’ve had in very similar fabrics), and 1910s, are almost always winners on Rate the Dress, and even with some discordant elements this was bound to be reasonably popular.
The Total: 8.4 out of 10
Welp, better than the butt-heart wreath and fringe of the week before!
This week: an 1840s day dress in gold stripes
Like the 1910s ‘Ring o Roses’ dress from two weeks ago, this 1840s frock features a palette of warm gold, with touches of green and pink, and a deep purple borrowed from last week’s dress.
It ALSO has fringe at the hem, albeit in a much more subtle variation, just a narrow length trimming the bottom of each bias ruffle.
Similarly to last weeks dress, this garment sits between formal and informal dress. The long sleeves indicate a day dress, but the lower neckline suggests evening wear. It could have been appropriate for a less formal dinner in the cooler months, or might have been worn with a fichu or wider lace collar for daywear.
The fabric combines stripes, plaid, and a lacey figural design, typical of the inventive patterned weaves made popular by advances in the jacquard loom.
The bodice is simple, but plays with the grain of the fabric for visual effect, using the stripes to emphasise the pointed waist. The same bias is echoed in the hem ruffles.
What do you think? As an example of its era, does this dress work?
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