1876’s gown

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When I bought “80 Godey’s Full-Color Fashion Plates 1838-1880” book, edited by JoAnne Olian, I fell immediately in love with a dress on its cover.

I started to think how to sew this dress for one of my Tonner dolls?

Dolls are not so flexible as human, so necessary to think how to put the dress on and take it off. At that moment I didn’t know anything about historical accuracy, so I decided to separate the dress by layers.

My dress has a skirt with pleated frill and gathered front. I beaded it at the front as well. The skirt has zipper closure at the back. Do you remember that I didn’t bother about historical accuracy?

The second layer is a dress’s tail that tied at the front (the ribbons hidden by the next layer), and the final layer is a corset with an apron (?) and ribbons at the back.

The full costume also includes cotton pants and underskirt.

"80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates 1838-1880" book cover, edited by JoAnne Olian

I sewed this dress back in 2012. If I decide to sew it again, I sew it close to how it might be sewn in 19th century.

This year I repainted my Antoinette and gave her a new hairstyle.

I’ve done such a natural face up, that she looks so different from my other Tonner Antoinette dolls now!

Tonner Antoinette

First, I made a hairstyle from braids and curls, similar to those that were worn in the late 19th century, and then curled the ends of the hair. Since I’m not sure that there are doll curlers, I used plastic sticks, which I wrapped with aluminum foil. Then I dipped the entire structure in a hot water to fix the curls.


The final result:


And the gown itself:


Hope, you will like my new old doll, her new hairstyle and face up, and the gown.

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