Here is my current gown. I've had it for about 10 years and when I got it it was already older. I did not sew it, it was given to me by my god-mother. Over all it definately does the job.
I do love the obnoxious lime green velvet trim. The picture does not really show off the Pagoda styled sleeves.
I have decided that I really would like a new 1850's ish day gown. Here are some pics that I am enjoying for inspiration.
I'm not a huge fan of the fronts of these however I do love the trim detail work.
My waist can not possibly get this small, for some reason I just like the simplicity of this one.
I really like this one. It is from the 1860's and I am finding that I like the style of sleeves on this one and the square neckline.
I do know that I will not be going with Pagoda sleeves for this project. The fabric I have chosen is striped and I am considering if I have enough to do a founced ruffle at the bottom with the stripes pointed at a diagnal. I have seen this used in several fashion plates but was unable to find them again. If I happen upon any good illustrations I will be sure to post them.
Here is the fabric I have chosen. I found this last year on my first LA trip.
This project is scheduled to be started next week since I will be out of town this weekend. I need to find and settle on a pattern atleast to give me a foundation to work from. I am liking the TrulyVictorian one here.
I will need to see how it works with the stripes. Probably alter it a bit, but it will give me a base to start with.
In the meantime Anton's hat is getting my hand sewing time.