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26 - A front and side view of the 1862 gown I made with my students at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. The bodice as well as the corset is boned with Wissner plastic whalebone.

intro Making a corset was my first sewing experience, I was fourteen and it was the year I wanted one so badly!

1865 - A gingham silk taffeta gown with an 18-inch waistline

1865 - A gingham silk taffeta gown with an waistline. Except for the waistline (Winnie is.more "substantial"), this is the kind of dress Winnie would have worn.

Dress: early 1860s. Silk with woven plaid pattern. Victoria wore tartan/plaid to honor Scottish. Still a lot of taffeta during this time.

Dress: early Silk with woven plaid pattern. Victoria wore tartan/plaid to honor Scottish. Still a lot of taffeta during this time.

Checked semi-sheer dress. High gathered bodice, funnel sleeves, gathered skirt. Trim at sleeve opening, buttons on bodice front; shown with white collar and undersleeves. A BETHKE

Trim at sleeve opening, buttons on bodice front; shown with white collar and undersleeves. A BETHKE - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!

1860's Day dress of black silk with embroidered flowers in blue and silver; the trim is blue silk under black lace.

The material is black silk with embroidered flowers in blue and silver; the trim is blue silk under black lace. Without a better shot of the skirt it's difficult to date exactly, but my instinct says as late as

Day Gown  c. 1865-66  Silk taffeta & pearlized glass buttons  Gift of Anne Stampfer   FIDM Museum Study Collection  S94.661.5A-D    Shawl  c. 1860-70  Silk Chantilly lace  Gift of Yvonne Hummel  FIDM Museum Study Collection  S2010.947.1    Parasol   c.1850-1870  Silk taffeta & wood  Gift of The Napa County Historical Society  FIDM Museum Study Collection  S2009.1001.20

Day Gown Silk taffeta & pearlized glass buttons, gift of Anne Stampfer. Shawl Silk Chantilly lace, gift of Yvonne Hummel. Parasol Silk taffeta & wood, gift of The Napa County Historical Society.

Bow and sleeve trim. Silk dress. Note the size and length of the bow which appears to be not tied in a knot but held in place with a small broach, the buttons and spacing on the dress as well as they appear to be shell, the belt.

Bow and sleeve trim. Note the size and length of the bow which appears to be not tied in a knot but held in place with a small broach, the buttons and spacing on the dress as well as they appear to be shell, the belt.

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