An 1855 Ball Gown

based on a dress from Winterhalter's The Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Maids of Honor

The Underthings

The chemise is made of Egyptian cotton and handsewn with 8-10 stitches per inch. It's trimmed with Swiss embroidery and tucks. I used the 1850s chemise pattern from Period Costume for Stage and Screen.

The corset is my red corset which you can see has broken in nicely since I first made it. The drawers are from Elizabeth Stewart Clark's pattern and are also handsewn and trimmed with Swiss embroidery and tucks.

The underpetticoat is two widths of cotton sewn together (once again by hand), stroke gathered and decorated with Swiss embroidery and tucks. The cage is my narrow wire cage crinoline.

The petticoat is straight panels of white cotton handsewn and stroke gathered. The garters are knit from an 1862 Godey's pattern. The shoes are a lucky find and are by Nine West :)

The Dress
The Bertha
My Costumes
Mid-Nineteenth Century

I'd like to go home!