All posts tagged: 1810s

Rate the Dress: a very purple walking costume, 1912

Last week’s rate the dress was an 1817 paisley-on-paisley pelisse and not-quite-poke bonnet, as depicted in a period fashion plate that was re-coloured in the 1940s.  Paisley on paisley was more popular than I had presumed, though there was a pill in the pudding:  the ‘perplexing purple purse’ (as Tracy dubbed it), which, as Daniel showed us by finding the original, un-re-coloured fashion plate, wasn’t intended to be violent violet! The other thing that didn’t tickle everyone’s fancy was the plethora of ruffles, but since you’d be hard pressed to find something from the late 1810s that wasn’t abundantly frilled, that can’t be helped.  All in all, the outfit came in at 8.3 out of 10, which is pretty fabulous for a not-so-popular late Regency look. Since vivid purple didn’t work for you last week, but black might have, I’ve gone with a purple and black ensemble this week (it made sense in my mind!). The obvious place to go looking for purple clothes was in the wardrobe of Heather Firbank, whose closet has featured on Rate …

Rate the Dress: a red and white 1810s exoticism ensemble

Yay, yay, hooray!  Last weeks red & white 1880s nautical ensemble was such a success.  Not only did most of you love it (18 perfect 10s!), but it attracted more comments than any other RTD in the last year, and it sparked discussions about how the buttons stayed so pristine, and how the dress would be washed.  Oh, and it came in at a whopping 9.1 out of 10.  I love it when people are so interested and enthusiastic* about a rate the dress ! Since white with red trim was so popular last week, I’m sticking with that theme for this week.  However, while last week’s ensemble was nautical in feel, this week’s fashion plate shown an outfit that takes all its design cues from somewhere far, far from the sea: Kashmir. Not only does our fashionably attired lady carry a red Kashmiri shawl with elaborate borders and edging, her white pelisse with red trim and asymmetrical front fastening appears to be made  from a Kashmiri shawl as well.  By 1817 the mania for …

The 1813 Kashmiri dress: bodice construction details

I’ve shown you the skirt construction details for the 1813 Kashmiri dress, and promised to do the bodice construction in just as much detail.  I’ve covered them slighty here as well. I started by cutting out my bodice pieces in white linen, to serve as a lining/under support. The inner linen lining/under support layer was sewn together first, and I checked the fit of it.  I ended up letting it out about 1/2 and inch in the centre front.  With the under support sewn together, I began sewing on the wool twill outer layer, starting with the side-back pieces. Then the centre back piece got sewed on, and the centre back and back neckline got finished: Then (after lots of dithering and messing with different options) I sewed on the white silk front panel, and sewed the side-front wool pieces to it.  Then the front wool drape got sewn down over both pieces (after lots of draping and pinning to get the look right).  The point where the drape meets at the centre waist is just …