1860s Blue Stripe Daydress
1860s Blue Stripe Daydress 1860s Blue Stripe Daydress 1860s Blue Stripe Daydress

An 1860 Victorian style day dress worn at Old Sacramento's Gold Rush event and to Gaskell's without trim.

1860s Blue Stripe Daydress 1860s Blue Stripe Daydress 1860s Blue Stripe Daydress

Pattern Simplicity 3855 Comments: Skirt placket is too short and bulky or was meant for someone with much narrower hips and shoulders. Would prefer having the hook and eye tab on the inside of the skirt instead of the outside. Front skirt length ends up being about 46" long. I made 8 tucks (took up over 8"). Back skirt is longer than front. Tacked down the ribbon on the chemisette collar otherwise it would not have stayed in place. Made buttonholes for chemisette before tacking left and right front sides together. Bodice waistline had more ease than needed. Took in the side seams near waist to more match the skirt waistline measurement and to help keep bodice from riding up. Undersleeves are only safety pinned in place. Sleeves seemed 3" too long if pinned to lower seam (I had already shortened by 1.5"), pinning to armholes seam appears to work. Lines look historically correct, so it was odd that there was no piping on the edges and armsceye. No instructions on how to attach the ribbon bows on sleeve and front to match envelope photo.

Items constructed for this costume:



White cotton chemisette, buttons up front, eyelet collar with black ribbon bow at neckline, twill waist ties.

Pattern: Simplicity 3855

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Blue and white cotton stripe bodice with pagoda sleeves, v-neck opening in front, closed with hook and eyes, attaches to skirt in back and side with hooks, fan back, blue polyester satin lining. Contrast and self fabric ruching on upper and lower sleeves and around neckline. Black bows on front and sleeves. Detachable white cotton undersleeves with eyelet ruffles on cuffs, buttoned cuff, attaches to armhole via safety pins.

Pattern: Simplicity 3855

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Blue and white striped cotton print skirt with charcoal gray velvet corderoy hem trim, eight 1/2" tucks, carriage pleats, hidden side pockets, left front placket with hooks and eyes. Attaches to bodice via eyes.

Pattern: Simplicity 3855

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Completed: September 2008