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CW Ball Gown 2008 by RubyOfTrinity CW Ball Gown 2008 by RubyOfTrinity
An 1860s style ball gown made for a galla that was, alas canceled. :P Fortunitely I live near Gettysburg, PA- Civil War Central- so it won't be hard to find another venue at which to wear my creation.

11.5 yds cotton-poly blend (Oh LORD does it SNAG. ><;;;; ) and a 12 point boned bodice.

Because I was running short of time (2 months) I used buttons down the back instead of the usual lace-up. Lace didn't look right, so I went with fringe instead and some silk braid. All in all, I'm pretty pleased. ^^
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rosutosan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
Do you have instructions/ a pattern that you could maybe email me?
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RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
I do not.

However, I can tell you that I used the Simplicity 5724 Civil War Era 1850's Historic Costume Pattern. I believe it is currently out of print, but you can find it on ebay and other places. :}
(Here's a picture of it.)

I will warn you, this is a hardcore pattern with a lot of tricky bits and pieces. It's definitely for an intermediate/expert sewer. I don't know your skill level, so I apologize if I'm stating the obvious: pattern sizes are not the same as commercial sizes. I wear an 8 at the mall and a 16 in a pattern. Go by your measurements, not your shirt tag. ;}

My dress- since I had a tight deadline- is a very watered-down version thereof. I also bought my 6-hoop skirt frame on ebay.
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rosutosan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
thanks :D
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Carrieliney Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I really like the fabric, and the cut of the bodice is very flattering to you! Did you make the pattern yourself?
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RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
No, it's modified from a Butterick pattern. I did the bias-cut stripes on the bodice myself and added fringe instead of lace.
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eqos Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
oooh man, I see what you mean about stripes! They look really good though, especially how they are used at different angles on the bodice... but totally a pain.
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Kasandra-Callalily Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
That's so pretty and poofy! That must have taken a lot of fabric (as well as time!)
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RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Yes. Yes it did. xx
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kyusai Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful and you look wonderful in it.
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Sheenamegami Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
That's so beautiful! I hope you find plenty of places to wear it!
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