Civil War Work Dress, Homespun Cotton
Civil War Work Dress, Homespun Cotton by Old Time Patterns
Civil War Work Dress made from 100% cotton homespun fabric in a dark blue plaid.
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Waist - 34 Inches
Bust - up to 42 inches
Self-fabric piping around the neckline, armscye and waist. (Photos 2-4)
Gathered waist (front and back), bishop sleeves with cuffs, handmade button holes and bone buttons on cuffs. (Photo 5)
Hidden hook and eye closure (no buttons to get caught in your work), with thread eyes at neckline and waistband. (Photos 6 & 7)
The bodice is lined with natural colored lightweight cotton, the sleeves are NOT lined. All interior seams on the bodice and sleeves are hand-finished - either flat-felled or overcast - to prevent fraying and add extra strength.
The skirt is made from 3 widths of fabric - approximately 130 inches circumference at the hem. There is a 12-14 inch hem facing made from lightweight natural colored cotton, to add extra strength and weight to the bottom of the skirt. This had been hand-stitched on so you will not see a sewing machine line on the outside of the garment. The skirt hem had been hand-stitched, and the hem tape also hand-stitched on.
The skirt has not yet been attached to the bodice. This will allow you to have the skirt finished in whatever length you desire. Below are samples of another dress I made, so you can see how the skirt will be attached to the bodice. The skirt opening will be on the front-left. Excess material at the waist will fall to the inside of the skirt, so if the hem is ever damaged, more fabric can be pulled down from the waistline and the hem redone.
Please note there is a considerable amount of hand-stitching in this garment. Of course, sewing machines were available during this time period, but they were not easily affordable to the common housewife. I have used a machine to sew the seams of the skirt and bodice, but no machine stitching can be seen from the outside of the garment. My goal is to provide a more accurate dress for about the same price as others charge.
Please allow up to 2 weeks to attach the skirt to the bodice. I can usually get them done much faster than that, but do not feel comfortable guaranteeing that. If you have a particular date you need it for, please contact me first.