I have begun working on my petticoats for my 1845 dress. Intellectually, corded petticoats are easy and therefore should go fast, right? Not so much. As I sewed, what felt like mile after mile of cording, two things were running through my mind…the spanish words I am trying to learn and the problem of keeping that somewhat orange material off of my face. (Recall, orange is not my best color.) The solution I came up with is a fake white collar next to my face so the orange is not immediately next it. The trouble I had, was not knowing if they did that in the 40s. I know they did in the 50s but I didn’t know about the 40s. So off for a search in the museum collections. At the Met I found this afternoon dress from 1848….
If you look closely, you will see the mannequin has a little white collar! Yeah! Problem solved! I think I have enough hair to pull off that hair style. I wonder if it will look okay with my particular neck to chin ratio? Here is a color photo of the dress (sans collar).