Monday, 16 December 2013

1840's -1850's working class dress

This is the outfit I wore to the Dickens festijn in Deventer last Sunday. These are the pictures my husband made of me in my costume. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the event ourselves, but I hope to be able to share pictures of the event itself soon. 

This is my 1840's -50's working class dress. It is made from pinkish red (rosewood) printed cotton fabric . 
The pattern I used was #118 from Laughing Moon with a closed front, sewn in darts,
 bishop sleeves and a lace collar.
 Please excuse my messy hairdo, it was still wet in this picture, I had a fight with the curling iron and lost.
  I decided to let my natural curly hair airdry instead.
Underneath my dress I am wearing : a  white cotton chemise, white flannel underpants, black woollen socks, my dutch orange quilted petticoat and a white cotton corset cover.
 I wasn't wearing a corset, the corset cover was just for warmth,  but I hope to have an appropriate corset next year. All the weight of the petticoat and dress was resting  on my hips, which was very tiring.

Outside a black bonnet, a red woollen cape, red woollen triangular shawl
 and white fingerless gloves where added


Cathy Raymond said...

It's a lovely dress, and you look wonderful in it.

Esther said...

Thanks Cathy! I didn't like it at first but it grew an me ;-)