The Challenge: #2 pleats.
The sleeve cuffs were to be gathered according to the instructions but I used pleats. I gathered the top of the sleeves. The bottom hem could be gathered into a waist band but I went with the loose tuck in version (just a straight hem.)
Material: cotton blend
Pattern: Truly Victorian TV441 1861 Garibaldi Blouse
Notions: buttons, trim
How historically accurate is it? The pattern is correct. The fabric is a poly/cotton blend. The trim is, at best, a blend but I am fairly sure the lace part is totally poly. The buttons are plastic which is incorrect from my quick research. It is machine sewn, which is plausible but the button holes would have been done by hand not machine. I believe the colors are plausible. I’d give it about 60%.
Hours to complete: About 10
First worn: Not until this summer some time.
Total cost: The trim was given to me, the buttons were well under a dollar. The fabric was on sale and came to under $10.
This is the first piece for my 1861 Señora dress.