Monday, June 27, 2005

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.