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Early Seventeenth Century Wool Gown

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I've been wanting to make a new early 17th century gown for some time now, mostly because I have learned so much since I made my green wool outfit. The idea behind the gown was for it to be representative of a common woman's Sunday/holiday best. This year's Publick Day event was the perfect excuse, although I waffled over whether or not to make something new until about two weeks before the event. So this gown was handsewn in two weeks, amid work and everything else. Michael blocked new hats for both of us. He is becoming quite the talented hatter!

These pictures are from the gown's third wearing, on Thanksgiving for my work's annual event. Someday I'll starch my darn cuffs enough that they won't start going wonky after a few minutes! I'm wearing the gown over my newest petticoat with upperbodies.

Ignore the white threads all over me; I was sewing a shirt!



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On December 13th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC), starlightmasque commented:
Every time! Every time, you absolutely nail it. Perfect, head to toe!
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On December 13th, 2016 02:13 am (UTC), mala_14 commented:
You look amazing!
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On December 13th, 2016 04:01 am (UTC), jenlemus commented:
Love it! Especially the banding on your hat. Such a small detail, yet it really completes the outfit.
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On December 13th, 2016 04:31 am (UTC), theladyrebecca commented:
Gorgeous! Your fit is just perfect!
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On December 13th, 2016 06:08 am (UTC), mandie_rw commented:
So elegant! Your bodice fit puts basically all of us to shame. xD
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On December 13th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC), atherleisure commented:
Absolutely gorgeous. You look like you stepped out of an etching.
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On December 17th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC), jenthompson commented:
OMG it's so perfect!!! I love it like crazy!
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