Ball Gowns & Reception Dress Patterns
 

49-L
Rose Ball Gown, c. 1860

Reproduced from Godey's Ladies Book. Silk dress, the skirt is trimmed by seven narrow puffs around the bottom. Plain corsage with point sleeves in a single puff. Bertha and upper skirt of rich lace. Bridesmaid garland of Cherokee roses, grass & leaves.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$27 + $6 S&H

 

50-L
Dianna Wedding Gown, 
c. 1860

Reproduced from Godey's Ladies Book. Silk dress with trimming of alternating rows of same silk as gown and rows of rich lace. Corsage and sleeves follow the same style. finished with a plain illusion veil.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$33 + $7 S&H

 


 


43-L
Leigh, c. 1859

Original in Royal Ontario Museum U. of Toronto. This dress demonstrates the popularity of wide skirts at the time. It has flat pleats, ornamental lacing at the back, front hook closures and fashionable wide short sleeves over detachable pagoda sleeves, ornamented with small buttons. The bodice & skirt are fully lined. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$29 + $5 S&H

43-XL Generous Leigh
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$33 + $5 S&H


100-L
Elizabeth Tier Dress, c. 1861 

As featured in Frank Leslie's Monthly, July 1861. Original evening dress was made of white and pink tarletane, with six alternate skirts of two colors. The lower skirt has a single puff of tarletane around the edge. The Grecian corsage is slightly pointed in front and behind.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3+
$33 + $7 S&H


101-L
Beauty ~ Draped Ball Gown, c. 1859 

Reproduced from Godey's Ladies' Book. True period version of gown worn in production of Beauty and the Beast. Bottom of skirt formed of many flounces. Low corsage bodice with short sleeves. Over skirt is drawn up in large flounces and held in place by bows and ribbons. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3+
$36 + $7 S&H 

101-XL Generous Beauty
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$38 + $7 S&H


6-L
Pamela, c. 1861

The original dress was made of pale pink and white striped gauze fabric, accented with white ribbons and flounce. The original petticoat was a combination of cotton with fancy dress fabric in the front only.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$33 + 7 S&H

6-XL Generous Pamela
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$36 + $7 S&H


46-L
Sonjia, c. 1862

Reproduced from Godey's Ladies' Book. Dress made of crepe, over silk. Each puffed breadth held in place by 2 tongue-shaped ruches. Hem edge trimmed plaited ruche of ribbon. Grecian waist, shell-shaped sleeves and ornamented with sprays of roses and foliage. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$33 + $7 S&H

46-XL Generous Sonjia
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$36 + $7 S&H


41-L
Stella, c. 1863

Reproduced from Peterson's Magazine. The original was made of white organdie, figured with green leaves. The skirt has two ruffles around bottom and short puffed sleeves. 
Incl. sizes 6-16.

Skill Level 3
$33 + $7 S&H

27-L
Patricia, c. 1859

This ball gown has separate petticoat of cotton and fancy fabric in front. Over skirt is drawn up in ornamented swags. Corsage features puffed sleeves and lace collar.
 
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$33 + $7 S&H

8-L
Karen, c. 1862

Original in Milwaukee Country Public Museum. This gown serves well as a dinner dress and may be worn into the evening, at the ball. Silk taffeta or moire makes this an especially stunning presentation.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$26 + $5 S&H

17-L
Merilee, c. 1858

Reproduced from Harper's Monthly. Used for any occasion when full dress is not required. Best made of taffeta. The corsage is half-high, closely fitting and with round waist. The skirts are double and very full, with the under skirt short in front so as to display the slippers. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$27 + $6 S&H

68-L
Flower Garland, c. 1861

Featured in Frank Leslie's Monthly. Robe of fine tarletane, under skirt puffed around the bottom, worn with tunic. Upper skirt cut square. Low corsage, bertha trimmed with ruches, and sultana sleeves. The skirt is elegantly garlanded with flowers on the front and sides of the upper skirt.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$33 + $6 S&H


18-L
Mary S., c. 1862

Reproduced from Peterson's Magazine. First Harriet's TCS reproduction was made using cream silk with pink cross grain threads, pink ruche trim on the bodice and skirt. Neckline and sleeves accented with handmade pastel flower buds sewn to a pale green satin cord, alternating with pale green cloth leaves.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$27 + $7 S&H


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7-L
Betty, c. 1856-57 

A basic ball gown design with Grecian corsage and laced or hooked back closure. Lends itself to trimmings to please anyone who desires a tailored or highly decorated gown. Works well as a dinner or reception dress as well. This style was worn into the 1860's and during the Civil War.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 1
$24 + $5 S&H

7-XL Generous Betty
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$27 + $5 S&H

 

Pattern Skill Levels

Level 1

Easy for period patterns construction. Basic sewing knowledge needed.
Level 2 Moderate detail, for experienced seamstresses.
Level 3 More detail, expert seamstress/tailoring skills needed. For Level 2's who want to graduate to a new level.
Level 3+ Expert seamstress' & tailors: use all skills!

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