Wednesday, June 29, 2005

More on "Leg of Lamb" sleeves

Here is a picture (copliments of Sense & of a few different styles of the "leg of lamb" sleeves.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Authentic Men's Civil War Shirt

This is an authentic reproductionof a shirt that would have been worn during the Civil War.This shirt was made using squares and rectangles therefore no pattern was necessary. The strap across the shoulder of the shirt helps to prevent wear on the shirt from the suspenders or braces that most men wore. Some farmers and laborer’s shirts had a wider strap (3” to 4”)That was actually padded to help protect the shoulders from the weight of things they were carrying. In the 1800’s the Army issued only one size shirt, and it was a common joke that the shirts came in “too” sizes: “too big” and “too small”!

Victorian Dresses and Edwardian Aprons

At the moment my sister and I are working on Victorian dresses. My dress will have "leg of lamb" style sleeves. If you are not familiar with the term "leg of lamb" I will try and explain. "Leg of lamb" sleeves are puffed from the shoulder down to the elbow, where the sleeve gets tight to the wrist. From the elbow down to the wrist each sleeve has eight buttons. This gives the dress a lot more "personality". Around the wrist I am putting a ruffle of contrasting fabric. The dress itself is of a white on white calico, 100% cotton. The contrasting fabric is gold with stripes of large purple and pink roses.
I am also making "Sense & Sensibility's" Edwardian apron out of the same gold, contrasting fabric. The apron can be viewed HERE in the Edwardian section. (You have to scroll down past two other patterns before coming to the apron.)
Pictures coming soon.

Saturday, June 25, 2005


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