It’s March and Annie Louise needs a new dress. I have pictures of my ancestors in their beautiful dresses and plan to reproduce some of them for Annie Louise. In the early 1900s, ladies wore white dresses that were trimmed with lots of lace. It was their best dress up dress.
In this picture, the two young ladies are wearing their white lace dresses. I’m amazed at their tiny waists. Annie Louise’s body has the same measurement on her bust, waist, and hips. Her dress has to be straight and not curvy. I believe that the girl on the right is my Grandmother. Annie Louise’s March dress will be like the dress on the left.
I drew a cartoon of the dress with as many embellishments that I could see in the picture.
The sleeves look as if they have pin tucks and one row of lace.
The yoke has flat lace in the front. Gathered lace goes around the collar and down around the yoke.
There is a flower at the waist line.
There are two rows of ruffles at the bottom.
I haven’t made clothes for years. Especially, doll clothes. I do have lots of patterns, pictures, and a cd with a complete batch of magazines about doll clothes from that era. When I made her everyday dress, I made a muslin first before I cut the good fabric. I use the muslin for the basic pattern. Then I can add embellishments or tweak the good fabric to fit the muslin. I think that I might make the second dress at a later time. The skirt needs to be fuller and the lace larger. One can always use two white lace dresses. Quilting had a rest today. We need to do something else from time to time.
Have a great day and happy quilting.