Challenge #8: Pattern
What the item is: German day dress
Pattern: TV 454
Notions: hooks and eyes, cording, bones
How historically accurate is it? Pattern is good. Fabric is 100% cotton so that is good. Print is paisley, which is good but paisleys changed over time and I’m not knowledgeable enough on the topic to say this would be a good version for the 1840s. I’m also not knowledgeable about weave to comment on that. The colors are believable. I machine sewed a lot of it so “no” for technique. Notions were metal hooks (I think some of them are actually vintage and I used natural fiber cording. The bones were plastic. I will be using it for a lower middle class woman for day to day wear. I think, with enough petticoats, the silhouette will be fine. I give this a generous 70%
Hours to complete: 15
First worn: not yet
Total cost: the notions were in my stash (cost already accounted for in other projects). I don’t recall the cost of the fabric but I think no more than $30…I was on a tight budget during the shopping trip where this was bought.