My Molly Gibson Dress~ Historical Costuming Inspiration Festival, Post 3

 Here’s my third post for the Historical Costuming Inspirational Festival! 🙂

This post is about my “Molly” dress.  It found its main inspiration in what I call “Molly’s Berry-Picking Dress” (for lack of a better name 😛 ). 

 It was originally meant to have elements of both this dress and the one following, Molly’s Orange Sprigged Dress, but once I had made up the bodice, the collar was too wide, so I ended up gathering it instead, so the only similarity is that the back fastening.

Anyway, that said, here is my dress; the first picture was taken when I first made it, and the others are from today, with me wearing my new, $5 crinoline underneath 🙂

For this dress, I used Sense and Sensibility’s Romantic Era Dress pattern.  I raised the waistline so that I could wear the dress with my short stays since I don’t have a full-length, Romantic era corset… I kind of wish I hadn’t raised the waistline because I think it makes me look kind of blimpy, but oh well.  The skirt is also a little too short, especially with the crinoline underneath…. :-S
The fabric I used was just a cotton print from JoAnn Fabrics.
“I don’t think you would have called Molly a lady the other day, Miss Browning, if you had found her where I did: sitting up in a cherry tree, six feet from the ground at least, I assure you!”
Wives and Daughters, chapter 21
Actually, I was in a crab apple tree. 🙂

Of course, I had to get a shot of me being goofy…. Behold, the shining leaf-raker…..
I am not sure whether I will have more posts for the festival or not… I do have some more doll dresses that I based off of various sources, so I may post about those.  🙂
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8 thoughts on “My Molly Gibson Dress~ Historical Costuming Inspiration Festival, Post 3

  1. What a lovely dress! It looks beautifully put together. I actually like the raised waistline, and think that it is very charming on you. I definitely like the dress better without the crinoline though, and it matches the inspiration more closely.And I adore that you climbed a tree to take a picture!

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