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1850s Day Dress by Thimbles and Acorns
Extremely large puffed sleeves were highly fashionable during the early Victorian Era, but as these sleeves reached their greatest proportions, they began to deflate and droop eventually giving way to gently sloping shoulders. By the 1850s the fullness of the sleeves had dropped from the shoulders to below the elbow. This evolution of fashion took place just as the Industrial Revolution was gaining momentum so fabric was still very expensive and clothing still time consuming to make. Practical women kept up with the latest fashions by having their old dresses altered. To tame the excessively large puffed sleeves, dressmakers often pleated the excess fabric around the upper pushing the fullness more toward the elbow.
A 17 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. The basic pattern itself is not too difficult, but some sewing experience is helpful. Extra instructions are included for special details such as the smocked sleeves, pleated skirt, and piped seams.
This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.
For customers who have already purchased this pattern that would like to request an updated version, please send me a convo with your receipt number and the e-mail address you would like it sent to.
Last Revised: 1/22/12