Natalie will wear a gown created by Lady Leigh, a wonderful historical reproduction seamstress with exceptional talent. She has taken this 1880's inspiration and brought the fabulous gown into reality.
Natalie's daughter,Sarah, tells us that her favorite color is pink and so we looked all around the sewing loft and found our best pink satin and trims to create a coat that this sweet little lady will love. Our inspiration is the coat and hat on the right from a Harper's Bazar fashion plate of May 6, 1882.
Sarah fell in love with the boots on the left and wanted to know if we could make those for her too. I told her I could make the spats on the right and she agreed that would be perfectly fine and we also thought white stockings with ribbon embroidery might be pretty. We'll decide later. Right now we are starting with the 1877 Girl's Walking Coat pattern from Ageless Patterns shown here with our pink satin and the 3" pink trim. We have several other trims with shades of pink and white and some insertion lace to finish the edges.
We made a muslin mock-up for Sarah and she was so sweet to try it on. We have to add to the length to recreate the fashion plate, add a center back box pleat, and will use a single cape rather than the two in the pattern. We were so impressed with this sweet little lady trying on our mock-up and holding the hat on her head so we could imagine the right proportions that we forgot to take a picture! But we'll get a picture when she tries on the second mock-up, we promise. You have to see how adorable she is! Just to give you an idea of Sarah's size, the straw hat in this picture is 10" in diameter. Sweet and petite! And she is excited to be in the Show with her mother!
Time for another cup of hot chocolate and a bit more sewing! Wishing all a wonderful week!