Day Dress Patterns


36-L/37-L
Rosalie & Eugenie, c. 1862

Both from Peterson's Magazine, 1862. These day dress patterns have beautiful trim and lace. Rosalie original of pearl-colored silk, figured with magenta. Skirt is trimmed with two ruffles, one of pearl-colored silk without figures, and one of magenta silk, pinked. Above the ruffles are eleven runches of pearl and magenta silk. The body is high and plain, and the sleeves are trimmed to match the skirt. Finished with a broad sash of magenta silk, pinked. Eugenie  home dress was originally made of pearl-colored silk. The original dress had skirt trimmed with rows of narrow black lace. The Medici ceinture had long ends, edged with black lace, and embroidered in pearl-colored silk. In the upper parts of the ends are small pockets, also embroidered.
Both dresses can be made from this pattern.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 3
$28 + $6 S&H


2-L
Joan, c. 1860

This could be considered a basic style of house/visiting dress for 1860's. The pagoda sleeve isnít quite over and originals are seen trimmed with fringe in a circular or "V" pattern on the bodice (jacket) and as decoration on the wide pagoda sleeves. It also lends itself for use with tartans, as well. Skill Level 1
Incl. sizes 6-16.
$26 + $5 S&H

2-XL Generous Joan
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$29 + $5 S&H


5-L
Melanie, c. 1856

Harriet first made this dress for competition in 1976. In í79, she won 1st place at Greenfield Village scoring just 1 point shy of a perfect score of 100. Although the skirt is very full, the whole dress is very light and delicate. The fashionable use of lace over the ribbon on the sleeves is attractive. The skirt and bodice are both sewn to the waistband. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$27 + $5 S&H 


40-L
Maternity, c. 1860

Pattern taken from CDV and original in private collection of Joan Young. Photo of owner modeling the dress is included with directions. Brown wool/silk with small bouquets of flowers, trimmed with velvet ribbon. Also can be used by the generous size woman looking to create the Princess or Mary Anne dresses shown below. Incl. sizes 6-16 
pre-maternity size.
Skill Level 2
$28 + $5 S&H


85-L
Amelia, c. 1862-65

Original skirted silk bodice in the TCS collection. Dated using CDVís and reference on the warp-printed silk in The Art of Costume in Russian. Original Hermitage gown of same date and cloth. Reproduced by TCS using yellow and purple warp-printed silk taffeta. Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$27 + $5 S&H


13-L
Jane, c. 1859

Features a gored skirt, new for that year. Bodice is finished with bias & piping around the waist and hand sewn to skirt with front opening in both. A great at-home dress.
Skill Level 2
Incl. sizes 6-16.
$29 + $5 S&H

13-XL Generous Jane
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$33 + $6 S&H


15-L/54-L
Mary Anne & Princess, c. 1861

The Mary Anne day dress was drafted from an original in Milwaukee County Public Museum. The original was of light blue window-pane check on ivory silk taffeta. Ruching trimmed the front, neckline and cuffs. Front closure of a double set of buttons with loop of satin stitched to one button and looped over the other.
The Princess day dress was drafted from an original in American Costume. This dress with the plain sleeve was very fashionable. Original of lavender with black dots, white collar and cuffs, black ribbon trim at collar and shoulder epauletts. Full, front button closure. The tailored look, sometimes even a bit military, was new.

Both dresses can be made of this pattern.
Incl. sizes 6-16.
Skill Level 2
$28 + $6 S&H


 


56-L
Harriet Ann, c. 1857-58

Original brown, gold, rust and peacock blue silk taffeta plaid dress in the TCS collection. Dated using CDVís and museum originals. The bodice is finished and hand-sewn to the cartridge-pleated skirt. Very wide 2-piece pagoda sleeve with decorative third piece that hides the seam (all are trimmed with silk fringe). Harriet has made several reproductions and has sold them all except the burgundy red with color photos. Convinced by her assistants to keep this one and name the pattern after her, this, along with the original dress, continue in her collection.
Skill Level 2
Incl. sizes 6-16.
$27 + $5 S&H

56-XL Generous Harriet Ann
Incl. sizes 18-3X.
$30 + $6 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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