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Downton Abbey Edwardian Maid Dress (Part 1)

My next project is an Edwardian maid dress, inspired by Downton Abbey. I plan to use a recently released pattern (Butterick B6229).

IMG_4411 IMG_4413I couldn’t find a lightweight wool I liked so I ordered some black Kaufman Kona cotton from Fabric.com. My order came with this cute sticker on it!

IMG_4410I ended up with an extra half yard for free! I also bough white cotton broadcloth for the apron. It was a very bright white, so I ended up tea-dyeing it, then washing it in Oxiclean to get rid of the excess color. It still appears white, but no longer looks so stark next to the antique laces I am using. The fabric on the right is my broacloth, next to some pure white fabric voile for comparison. IMG_4420I purchased a group of 20s and 30s lace trims from Etsy, that I will be using on the apron bodice, the maid’s cap, and the collar and cuffs of the dress. If there is enough I might use it on the hem of the apron, since I really dislike doing pintucks.IMG_4380 IMG_4381 IMG_4382 IMG_4383 IMG_4385I hope this will be a very comfortable day time outfit for Costume College!

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10 responses »

  1. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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  2. what a cute idea! I love maid outfits. I’m sure this will turn out great.

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  3. Oh! This is going to be fun! Can’t wait to see the finished product!! I know you do a fabulous job on it! I wonder if this pattern would work for a maternity wrap? No, I’m not pregnant…too old for that…but I am wanting to do a fashion show entitled “The stages of a Victorian Lady’s life” and am needing a maternity wrap….
    Blessings!
    g

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