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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?
RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
rosutosan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
thanks :D
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?
RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's modified from a Butterick pattern. I did the bias-cut stripes on the bodice myself and added fringe instead of lace.
eqos Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Artisan Crafter
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.
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!)
RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Yes it did. xx
kyusai Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful and you look wonderful in it.
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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