I was so excited about the response I got to whether the patterns were worth "saving" in my previous post- that I came home and dug in the stash to find a suitable piece of fabric to re-create one of the dresses. I found 3 selections in shades of blue (since that is the February challenge for Historical Sew Monthly and I might as well accomplish two things at once, right?) I chose the May Manton's House Dress pattern #5985 and started in on my project. The best thing about this was I knew that I shouldn't have to really re-work the pattern since the original was in a 40" bust size- and my bust is 39". I did measure the back length and decided I needed to allow extra on the bodice and skirt lengths to make everything measure pretty close to correct. I am 5'7" and I added about an inch to the bodice and 3 1/2 inches to the skirt length to allow for hemming.
Now to participate in the Historical Sew Monthly I need to give you a few specifics
The Challenge: Blue- An Edwardian House Dress
Fabric: Cotton print with small paisley pattern from my stash- I originally paid about $2 a yard for it.
Pattern: May Manton's 5985 from Chisholm Trail Museum's archive collection (and will soon be available for purchase in the museum store!)
Year: 1905-07 ish
Notions: mother of pearl buttons, hooks and eyes and thread.
How historically accurate is it? Pretty darn accurate- the pattern is an original from the time frame (I'm wearing my corded corset under it) The cotton fabric is the same color as a shirtwaist from 1902 in the museum's collection. I used techniques taken from a shirtwaist from about the same time frame- yea for fast and correct!
Hours to complete: I spent about a day sewing it.
First worn: Today for photos
Total cost: about $20 maybe a bit more if you count the tracing paper used for creating the pattern.
SO March 7th- expect to be able to buy these two patterns in the original sizes from the museum store when I am there to do my workshop on Workdresses!