Here's my third post for the Historical Costuming Inspirational Festival!
This post is about my "Molly" dress. It found its main inspiration in what I call "Molly's Berry-Picking Dress" (for lack of a better name.)
It was originally meant to have elements of both this dress and the one following, Molly's Orange Sprigged Dress, but once I had made up the bodice, the collar was too wide, so I ended up gathering it instead, so the only similarity is that the back fastening.
Anyway, that said, here is my dress; the first picture was taken when I first made it, and the others are from today, with me wearing my new, $5 crinoline underneath.
For this dress, I used Sense and Sensibility's Romantic Era Dress pattern. I raised the waistline so that I could wear the dress with my short stays since I don't have a full-length, Romantic era corset... I kind of wish I hadn't raised the waistline because I think it makes me look kind of blimpy, but oh well. The skirt is also a little too short, especially with the crinoline underneath.
The fabric I used was just a cotton print from JoAnn Fabrics.
"I don't think you would have called Molly a lady the other day, Miss Browning, if you had found her where I did: sitting up in a cherry tree, six feet from the ground at least, I assure you!"
-Wives and Daughters, chapter 21
Actually, I was in a crab apple tree.