Hi folks, I have a request. If you pin one of the fashions plates I post on pinterest, PLEASE make sure that you carryover the title of the publication and the date. I keep seeing a lot of my fashion plates without the details, and while they do link back to the source, I don’t think people should have to take the extra step to see what they are looking at. Dates and sources are incredibly important for folks doing research, so let’s not make it harder for them to find the information they need.
Now here’s a picture of me making a funny face in a historic costume:
cuppa-darjeeling said: Thank you for the expeditious reply! I honestly didn’t mean to set it on anonymous! LOL. I most certainly will keep you updated. I’m glad it’s so much cheaper than my 1770s fabric allotment.
Yes! That is the best thing about doing early 19th century after spending a decade in the 18th century! So much cheaper! Also, if you aren’t following the Dames a la Mode Facebook Page, some of my readers over there have offered advice as well! Take a gander!
Hello! Generally speaking, how much fabric is needed for an 1812 period day gown? I'm looking to make something none too flashy, or over the top for a camp follower impression. I'm a good deal shorter than most at 4'6, but I have a feeling my girth would make up for the height discrepancy as far as amount of fabric is concerned. Thank you for your time, Lilly
I tend to purchase 4 yards of fabric for a standard 1812 gown. If it is narrow (45”) or if there is a stripe or some other type of pattern to preserve I will usually err on the side of too much. Four yards is usually plenty, and I am 5’6, so a full foot taller than you are. It will also depend on the fullness of your skirt, but if you are going to a basic campfollower gown, then you’ll probably be just fine with 3-4 yards. If you are new to sewing and you are worried about making mistakes, just get an extra yard. Spending a little bit more is worth it if it means you don’t have to worry about cutting something incorrectly!
Keep me updated! I’d love to see what you are creating!