This floral cotton fabric has been sitting in my closet for over two years. It's time to make a new gown!
It's one of the Windham Fabric cotton prints reproduced from Colonial Williamsburg's collections that are available at the Mary Dickenson Shop to purchase by the yard. (There's free shipping!)
I really love the red flowers...
...and this blue sprig!
new stays. I attached the shoulder strap so it's continuous with the bodice. There's an example of a gown with a shoulder strap like this in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion on p39 (National Trust Inventory Number 1348724). To reflect the 1780s fashion, the bodice is front closing and the shoulder strap is fairly skinny.
My deadline to complete this gown, and a new petticoat: Fourth of July. Ready, set, sew!