Monday, May 6, 2013

HSF challenge #9 second entry: From toile to dress in less than a week.

I found out three things last week: 1) That my mother and I would be attending the Romance of the Ranchos Festival at the Workman Temple Homestead Museum, 2) That the time period was 1840's to 1860's, and 3) that I didn't have a readily available day dress. My Pioneer Bodice and it's skirt were packed away somewhere unreachable, and the rest of my dresses were either evening wear or didn't fit with the new corset. And so, I did one of the top ten stupidest things in my life: I made a dress in six days from scratch... It's very possible that I might be insane.

The bodice pattern is once again from Truly Victorian, the sleeves are from a Period Impressions pattern. I fitted the toile on myself and am amazed that it came out so well. The belt is a piece of bright green velvet ribbon with an antique shell buckle. I am wearing my quilted petticoat and my split drawers under.

                                                                  View of the back

A closeup of the fabric. The vines are probably supposed to be roses, but I think they look more like little strawberries.

 Another view of the back, and of my bonnet. I've had this one for a while and re-trimmed it to compliment the dress.
And a slightly closer pic of the bodice.

The Historical Sew Fortnightly at

The Challenge: Flora and Fauna
Fabric: Strawberry/striped printed cotton
Pattern: Truly Victorian and Period Impressions
Year: I'm going to err on the side of caution and say 1840
Notions: Thread
How historically accurate is it? Machine sewn, so not very.
Hours to complete: 50, plus an all-nighter
First worn: May 5th 2013
Total cost: Free. I once again raided my fabric stash.
Despite it being sunny all week, the day of the event itself was overcast and cool. I brought a wool shawl and was very comfy indeed. All in all, I had a pretty good time and I look forward to wearing this dress to many future events. 

Next time: A dress for mother aka Challenge #10.


  1. Wow! It takes me a good three months to finish a dress. I love it! Those bonnet ribbons are pretty cool too. :)


  2. Oh what a wonderful inspiration you are!!! I really like this dress and its stripey goodness!