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The 1883 Walking Dress

SquarepicTrains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.

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juliab  
  Aha! Now I know how to tame my pleats!  
 
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ichigo  
  Lovely! And I can spy which pattern you use for the bodice because I just used same base for MY 1885 day dress. :) (which in its turn is inspired by an extant dress) However, I modified the bodice's cut aswell.

I am not finished yet, though.

Lovely color choices, by the way. Love.

Also, forgot the reason of commenting, the pleats. Gonna tackle them soon, so thank you!!
 
 
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hirondelle  
thanks   hello, and thank you fpr you r comment:-) the bodice patterns - the one i posted in a link is not the one i used, just similar - I adapted my wedding dress pattern ( the article on it is somewhere here.... ) and this one was in turn drafted on me, without a commercial pattern - but easy to do since the basic formula for the bodices is rather basic - there are a lot of them in the Fashions of The Gilded Age too.
good luck with your project - and with the pleats! :-)
 
 
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ichigo  
  Oh, oh, sorry for me being so quick to conclusions. :) I feel stupid now, but however, I wasn't negative at all, I just became happy because I used that pattern.. But then it is quite evident it was a popular style. :)

I think you made a very pretty day dress. I hope my day dress will look as pretty. Mine is made of 100% cotton, though.
 
 
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izabela  
pattern   oh, don't worry, it wasn't taken as a negative - I simply feel i need to be very clear about the patterns i use - or don't use, so that not to cause confusion - i dont want folks surprised if they buy a pattern and discover the result is different to what they thought:-) still,basic bodice formula in that era seems to be very generic, so the patterns are very similar ( front with darts, 2 or one side, back, sleeve);-)
all the best for your project - and cotton is great to work with, much easier to tame the pleats!
 
 

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