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Sewing Project: 1860s Day Dress

This is the entry that I don’t want to write, but I have to. It’s important for me to admit my mistakes and to point out potential pitfalls to anyone else who tries this particular pattern.

I decided to make an 1860s dress for a living history abolitionist character and as costuming for some upcoming Civil War-related events at the museum. I wanted to make the dress in worsted wool because some abolitionists avoided the use of cotton, which was mostly planted, harvested, and processed by slaves, as much as possible. I ended up selecting a lovely dark green worsted wool and some nice black buttons. I also used black braided trim that somewhat resembled a chain around the cuffs. This was a reference to one of the abolitionists’ favorite Bible verses, Hebrews 13:3, which says “Remember them that are in bonds [chains], as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” My character would have “chains” on her wrists to help her remember the plight of slaves during her time. As for a pattern, I thought that the Laughing Moon 1860s Day Dress would be great and I knew that Laughing Moon had a pretty good reputation. I was right about the latter but not the former.

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