This 1850s Raspberry Swirl gown with evening and day bodice is still in progress.
The Idea and Inspiration:
To create an 1850s dress with a tiered, ruffled skirt, and alternate day and evening bodices. I was inspired by some lovel raspberry paisley muslin gauze which I got on sale for $2 a metre:
and these dresses:
Fabric and Materials:
Cotton muslin with a self-stripe weave and a pattern of paisley designs in raspberry pink. Skirt lined in brown paisley cotton muslin, bodice lined in cotton calico/muslin. Plastic boning, metal hooks to fasten.
The Dress Diary:
Research and references:
Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860
Demode, The Eugenie Project
Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600-1930. Faber and Faber: London. 1968