1847 Arsenic Green Dress
This dress was made for a friend and sometimes fellow Fezziwigger at Dicken's Fair. I was originally asked to make the dress based on a faded image from online. Early on it was decided to incorporate a second fabric even though the original dress was monochromatic. In this case the darker green silk. Even though the lines from the original dress were followed, the net effect is quite different. Later on I found a cleaner image of the dress while looking up some information about arsenic green on the internet and discovered that I should have cut the sleeves on the bias. Oh, well. The dress is all one piece. The hem is bound with the same forest green silk and the collar and front are inset with leaf green velveteen and two-tone braid. The back closes on small hand sewn hooks and loops. The ecru lace cuffs are made on snap tape for easy removal and washing. The dickey was made as a separate piece also for reasons of care and laundering. The hoop was purchased from Lace Memories.