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The inspiration for this dress was to copy a pink house dress from the cover of 'The Modern Priscilla' Magazine from 1917.  After some research on house dresses though I feel like my dress could pass for somewhere between 1915-1917. Since the magazine only gives a side view I had a little room for creativity but I focused on a few things from the original to make sure I was copying it; the pink color of course, the white sleeve cuffs and the pointed collar, the slight poofiness to the back of the blouse and the not overly full skirt. 

I looked at a lot of original patterns and their diagrams and decided to use elastic at the waist and no closures based on a 1914 and 1916 dress pattern that appeared to be elasticized. I've never done anything in this era before and didn't do very well drafting a pattern so I started with the pattern Butterick 6093 as a basis and tweaked that to suit my needs. I did end up keeping the skirt detail from the pattern.  The pattern also had the crossing neckline that I needed for my dress, a detail that I found was very common across the many house dress patterns I looked at. 

I did machine sew this dress because I figured for this time period a dress like this could have been machine sewn over hand stitched. 

I used pink and white cotton for my fabrics and some lace at the neckline. 

Dress diary

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Linda
I love this! From the dress itself to the recreation of the picture, this is completely charming. Love it!
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historika
Beautiful dress! Very well done indeed!
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mcburbage
The imitation of the magazine cover is great.
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saraquill
The design and color scheme are adorable.
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pollyanna
This is so pretty and you've obviously put in so much care to research the right pattern and fit before making it. I love the mock-up of the original illustration too. A really lovely dress and a perfect fit to the competition theme.

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