Prepping for 1765 occupied much of my time this past summer. My little one needed a new 1760s gown for my big work event. I needed something that met the 1765 clothing standards but would require a minimal outlay of expenses.
The construction is the same as her leading strings and purple striped gowns as I used the Golden Scissors girls gown pattern.
This detail is not visible on the finished gown...
...so I didn't mind making that concession.
I sewed inside seams on the machine and didn't worry about exactly matching up
the stripes on the sleeve. (I knew she'd only wear this once.)
The back laces closed and the skirts tie closed with white cotton tape. There are two boning channels alongside the eyelets which are boned with reed.
The lining fabric is a linen scrap.
One main goal behind this project was improving her kit. I handsewed her a shift, which she really needed. (She didn't have one last year.)
It's short-sleeved so it doubles with 19th century gowns. (I'll eventually make her an 18th century one.)
I made her a neck handkerchief too...
...which is also handsewn.
The day of the event she told me, "Oh Mom, I can't wear that. It won't look very good." I needed to focus my energy on running everything and didn't try to convince her.
To meet the clothing standards, I made a bib front apron.
I tacked it on so we didn't have to fuss with pins and, of course, it ties around the waist.
This photo shows how the bib gaps as I made it a tad too long.
For shoes she wore these polyester satin ballet flats from David's Bridal. I started to remove the ruffles, but my little fashionista protested that I was ruining them. Our pair has two rows of ruffles instead of three. Again it's not a perfect shoe for living history, but it was inexpensive, has a simple design and a rubber sole with a tread. The shoes are currently on clearance at David's Bridal.com.
One other detail: I added a feather to her hat as the clothing standards advised.
She looked super sweet the day of the event...
...and was featured in two newspapers!
Demonstrating her courtesies.