Since I'm not attending Costume College this year (except for a quick turn about the marketplace,) I find myself at leisure to write about my newest challenge entry. I've been working on some non-HSF related projects and given my utter ambivalence towards paisley, there was really only one thing I could do. But first a little back story:
The "Bright Copper Penny Dress" (so nicknamed because my friend saw the fabric and said I'd look like a bright copper penny in it) was originally made to wear to my reenactment group's Hogmanay celebration earlier this year. I trimmed it with lace and piping and added a pair of sheer silk under-sleeves, which work well for evenings, but I wanted to wear the dress to day events as well.
Paisley or Plaid
Fabric: Plaid silk dupioni, cranberry cotton
Pattern: Drafted by me
Year: Late 1850's
Notions: Thread, bias piping, green buttons, cranberry bias tape
How historically accurate is it? Machine and hand sewn
Hours to complete: about a day
First worn: Not yet, probably in December
Total cost: ??