Some bodices break the rules! She never had a petersham at the waistline, most of the seams aren’t finished off, there’s been no obvious size alterations throughout the years. Yet…she’s pretty as a picture, and was carefully tended by someone many years ago. 🙂
Details! I love the hand-drawn fringe, the pretty pleated watch pocket, and a complete set of her original buttons. It’s so lucky that there’s no silk shattering, so when I’m done today, back to her tissue-stuffed box she goes! 🙂
This is the back of the inspiration dress that I patterned for my blue cotton dress. It’s from a suit of three pieces (princess seamed semi-polonaise, foundation skirt, and detachable train) that appears to have been a special occasion dress, not a designer dress…but most likely created by a local dressmaker or seamstress.
The best accessory for a summer dress is…a breeze. I think we should use hats and parasols every day, don’t you? 🙂
Sharing a few more images that show details that didn’t show up in portraits, like decorative hem pocket, pleated silk hem, and silk bows and sashes for the back…because who doesn’t want a huge pleated bow on their behind? 😉