My original plan for the HSF15 challenge 5 – Practicality, a regency day-dress, needed to be postponed so to get time to finish this springs biggest undertaking – a hole new 1850-1860s wardrobe.
So after finishing my not a Garibaldi blouse a few weeks ago, I decided I needed yet another blouse in almost the same style, for my sister to wear at the upcoming “Crinoline day”.
Since time was sparse, I decided to use the simplest way possible in all things for this blouse.
Staring with the pattern, I used the basic pattern blocks for a regular shirt (just like the picture below), and omitted the collar and cuff.
Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos of the construction process, but it was so simple and went so smooth that I just kept sewing and finished over one afternoon.
Basically I just stitched the bodice together using french seams, added the small collar, sewed the buttonhole-stand and added buttons and (machined) buttonholes.Sewed and set the sleeves, covering the seams with bias-tape to get a clean finish. Then I hemmed the shirt, added the bias-tape for the drawstring waist.
Just the facts:
Challenge: nr 5/2015 “Practicality”
What: a 1850-1860s shirtwaist
How it fit into the challenge: The shirt is perfect for the everyday wear of a lower(or higher) class women doing households chores or taking a stroll in the park. That fabric is durable and easily washable and the style of the shirt with its drawstrings at waist and wrists makes it fit several different sizes of women.
Pattern: None, I just used the basic shapes of any shirt pattern.
Fabric: 1 m of structured cotton voile.
Notions: Thread, buttons, scraps of cotton ribbon at wrists, cotton string and bias tape for waist shaping.
How historical accurate: So so, the garment (and fabric) did exist, but I didn’t used any accurate pattern, and I did sew it all on my sewing machine – even the buttonholes. I would say about 5/10
Time: about 4 hours
Cost: at most 100Sek (16Usd) – Everything was from stash and leftovers from other projects.
First worn: at June 6th for photos, but will get a proper outing June 13 when my sister wears it for our “Crinoline day”
Final thoughts: I loved how fast and easy it went together, and I think it looks great both paired with”Peasant” garb and “finer lady’s” garb (as is the way my sister will wear it).