This dress was made with the intention of being as historically accurate as possible. Although corners were cut, ie. electric sewing machine, all the buttonholes are worked by hand and the cuffs and collar are tacked in place so they can be removed and starched separately. I drafted the pattern taking inspiration was extant garments I saw on a trip to the Bath Fashion Museum and looking through Janet Arnold and Norah Waugh pattern books. The fabric was originally yellow and I had to dye it blue to get this lovely teal colour. I chose this colour because I did a lot of research into the period and decided not only did I like the colour, but also it was fairly popular at the time due to the new dyes that were being produced. I made all the underwear, chemise, drawers, corset, crinoline and petticoat. I enjoyed making the dress as the decoration was intricate but fun to experiment with how to replicate the different thicknesses. The buttons are made from the same fabric as the gown, but dyed a deeper blue. This gives a matching pattern but keeps a good contrast. To stop the buttons looking overly plastic I painted the back of them with black and silver nail varnish. This means that if they are glimpsed they appear metal rather than plastic. When I finished the dress I took some dirty down spray paint and a bit of sandpaper to the hem and edges to help give it a "lived in" look. It was then borrowed by a friend to get these lovely photos.