I finished the last details on Kitty’s dress for her 1863 naturalist character at the Ohio Village. The cotton fabric is a blue, green, and brown print of birds, leaves, flowers, and branches on an ivory ground. It has brown cotton epaulets at the shoulders, matching brown piping at the sleeve hems, and brown fabric covered buttons. The collar is an antique ivory lace collar from my collection.
Kitty has been wearing it for the past 2 Fridays at the village to portray her character, but this week I finally finished the hidden pocket, added decorative buttons, and a ribbon hem facing to protect the hem and give it more body.
You can read more about this project on our blog: Be1863
I’ll be making more posts with details of the dress design and construction. But first I’m off to a week long workshop at Miami University “The Art of the Hat” with Dagmara Childs, a visiting instructor from the University of Lincoln, U.K.
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