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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 1

Alexandra Reynolds coat costume EvaDress Patterns frock gilet jacket Pattern Tour vest Vintage Patterns

In a sort of Advents-Kalendar way, I will post 'red' for each day of December through Christmas and link the image as closely as possible to EvaDress Patterns (in pattern tour form) available in the shop!

Here is the first, all tied up like a present: 1897 Afternoon Dress Detail Image per:
2009 copyright Suzanne Hansen:

1897 Afternoon Dress Detail, 2009 copyright Suzanne Hansen

Sew a similar look with the closest I have in patterns to this splendor is the Harper's 1885 Morning Dress: 
Harper's 1885 Morning Dress
Better these days for advanced sewing skills to take on this dress, as pieces are given for the 'bodice' and vest only since it was thought that any home dressmaker at the time could fashion the kilt-pleated skirt without a pattern. Yardage requirements at 8-1/4 yards of 44"/45" do account for the entire dress (bodice AND skirt) though.  

As printed in the original instructions: ‘This costume which in the model is of porcelain blue serge, is in two pieces – a kilt skirt and a jacket with a bouffant Moliere vest.

For the simple skirt a kilt flounce about a yard deep, extending high enough to have its upper edge covered by the jacket, is mounted on a foundation skirt that is gored slightly at the top and is two yards and a quarter (81”) wide around the bottom.’  Note: A proper foundation skirt pattern may be obtained from Mantua-Maker here.

I liken this pattern to the 'red' image due to the bow ties at the throat and waist. As well, 1885 is the closest era, as I do not have a selection of 1890's dresses at present. 

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