This past week I attended The Costume Society of America’s National Symposium in Atlanta! To support the organization, I made this mid 19th century reproduction lady’s dress as a donation item for their silent auction.
This gown in inspired by an extant 1850s-1860s gown in the McMinn County Heritage Museum in Athens, Tennessee.
I chose this dress as my inspiration because I wanted to call attention to the importance of Southern textiles and bring attention to smaller dress collections around the South.
This reproduction gown has all the bells and whistles!- Included are a contrasting hem binding, a fully lined bodice, bound arm holes, and glass buttons. The fabric used for this gown is a documented 19th century reproduction from the University of Nebraska’s textile collection.
The only modern sewing features in this gown are the machine made button holes.