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Civil war style ball gowns

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plum taffeta

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Category Sewing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Retro / Vintage
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What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Project Pattern

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What materials did you use? Dress 1: Plum colored taffeta, 100% cotton twill, silk quilted back, spiral steel boning, hand made piping. Dress 2: Duck egg blue faux silk, hand cut gold lace, hand made piping, vintage style ribbon work.Heavy twill lining, silk quilted back panels, spiral steel bones. Dress 3: Lilac and royal blue taffeta, 100% twill lining, vintage style ribbon work headpieces.

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What are you most proud of? The beautiful fit, smoothness of the fabric and sharpness of the front (and back) points.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time, measure, measure, measure, watch those grain lines, take the time to hand baste and pin carefully.

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Very nice! I love the lilac dress :) Good job!

05/13/2013 Flag

Wow these are fab!

05/14/2013 Flag

Just FYI, I made the blue and the lilac dress as rental's for dancers in Nutcracker, reenactor etc.A dress like this would be very costly because of the work and the fabric but I figured people could afford a rental fee.

05/17/2013 Flag

Thanks everyone. Since I made these dresses I have been working on a few other things.

10/31/2013 Flag

Really beautiful. The rental idea is terrific. I'm sure they have paid for themselves in no time.

11/13/2013 Flag