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1914 Afternoon Dress
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Sense and Sensibility's 1914 Afternoon Dress

This is Sense and Sensibility's newest pattern offering. It's a gown typical of the period, with a high waistline, slightly poufy bodice, and straight skirt. The pattern is pretty basic, with various sleeve options, and a bodice option for nursing mothers. Because of the basic nature of this pattern, it is great for elaborating on with different features such as collars, sleeve treatments, various skirt layers, embroidery, lace insertion, etc. In addition to the pattern, there are extensive historical notes, a few period fashion illustrations to inspire you to further embellishment, and even lace insertion patterns.

The gown is easy to put together, however, as a note, the pattern is made to be worn over a corset. Mrs. Chancey (the designer), recommends that you cut out the bodice two sizes larger than what size your measurements correspond to (i.e. if you're a size 12, cut out a size 16). Also be sure to make a muslin mock-up of the complete bodice: front and back, sleeves and waistband. It makes all the difference in the end. The bodice will most likely seem slightly large, but don't make the mistake like I did of deciding to cut the back my normal pattern size!

The instructions include illustrations and directions for a unlined dress, a lined dress, as well as an under-dress, suitable to wearing under those lacey and sheer creations. They are very thorough, and I had no problems throughout the construction.

Overall, another triumph of pattern design and ease of construction from Sense and Sensibility!

If you would like more information or to purchase this pattern, please visit Sense and Sensibility's website.-Reviewed by Miss C.

This pattern is rated a B+ or I.

Artwork is October (1877) by James Tissot, courtesy of CGFA.

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