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1874 reception dress

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:41 am
by Madamekat
I had long wanted to recreate a black overly pleated 1874 reception dress I saw in JoAnne Olian's Full-Color Victorian Fashions 1870-1893. I finally got enough taffeta to do it!

The outdoor photos make it look grey, but it is coal black.

Using all TV patterns (modified), here it is

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and I wore it to a local museum

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Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:41 am
by Cathi H
Splendide, magnifique.Wonderful !!!!!!!!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:03 am
by Frank815
GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:35 pm
by Amused
That is a wonderful dress!

Where did you get your taffeta?

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:25 am
by Cathi H
Do you use the Original Perfect Pleater ?

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:57 am
by Madamekat
Thanks, guys!

No, Cathi, I used an antique pleater I borrowed from a friend.

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Yup, that is scotch tape!!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:02 am
by B0dice_G0ddess
Fantastic!! ImageImage

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:08 pm
by diana
Another beauty!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:32 pm
by Miss Cindy
My jaw hit the floor! Words seem insufficient to describe my awe for your dress. I want one, EXACTLY like it! :P

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:08 am
by misskitty
this is absolutely exquisite. Are you using the 1870s trained skirt ensemble, and the baroque jacket? Your outfit is simply breathtaking.

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:43 pm
by Madamekat
misskitty wrote:this is absolutely exquisite. Are you using the 1870s trained skirt ensemble, and the baroque jacket? Your outfit is simply breathtaking.


Yup, it's the 208 and 405!

Thanks so much, Everyone!!!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:22 pm
by Margriet
Soooooo very very very beautiful !!!
I am your fan !!!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:38 pm
by diana
Now we know why the extant garments' pleats are so perfect. This contraption definitely looks simpler than the current "perfect pleater" I have!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:39 pm
by Bookwyrm
Heavens, yes. Is the pusher tool anything special? It looks like it's just a bit of metal that won't go further than the depth of the pleat through the rails. Are there other pushers, for pleats of different depths?

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:58 am
by Madamekat
Thank you, Ladies!!

Yes, the "pusher" is just a piece of metal that is finely finished on all edges so it doesn't catch the fabric and pull or scratch the fibers. You can push it down to whatever depth you want down to the table, so all you have to do is mark the pusher with a marker or piece of tape, and you only need one.

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:53 pm
by Rebecca
oh my gosh that dress is stunning!!! You do the best work Madamkat. And I so want one of those pleaters, it would make things so much easier, where do you even find something like that> Thanks so much for sharing your stunning dress!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:09 pm
by Pamlin
Ok, I'm a little late to the party, but this is STUNNING! I have pleater envy as well!!

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:33 pm
by SarahMiller42
I am in awe of that dress and a bit envious of the pleater.=)

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:27 am
by Iris
Fantastic achievement! Would you give us a description of how you did it? Looks as if it took months. Hope you get to wear it lots.

Re: 1874 reception dress

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:42 pm
by Andrea L
Man, the more I look at this dress, the more I'm just in awe. I would say I'm jealous of your skills, but that doesn't even scratch the surface. It's something that I want to strive towards. I already have an obsession with pleats that may or may not be normal, but this makes me want to make pleats galore.

And for those of you who are wondering about the pleater...here's the one I just barely managed to snag on ebay (if the other bidder was one of you, I apologize, but I was SUPER HELLBENT on getting this):

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Not quite sure if this is the pleater that Madamekat borrowed, but it's close. They're a rare find, so check ebay frequently. If you're looking for one, then search for "plaiter" instead of "pleater" and you can avoid the droves of smocking pleater machines and pleater sewing machine attachments.