Last weekend I went to the Dickens Christmas Fair and wore my 1840s fan-front dress, along with a few other friends wearing the same style. One of my friends had the same orange and navy fabric that we purchased independently by coincidence, so we had a good time being twins!
I made this dress last year so you can read about my construction details on a previous post. I am wearing a bonnet by Lynne Taylor, a shawl from eBay, and ivory silk stockings and Tavistock button boots from American Duchess.
Our “backstory” for that day at fair was that Elizabeth had consumption (hence the dark eye make up). As her dear devoted sister I made her many nutritious broths and teas, which tasted like almonds.
She spent a lot of time coughing while the rest of us enjoyed ourselves!
I love this cotton print very much, and I think the orange bows that Elizabeth surprised me with were a nice touch this time.
Looks great! I have a soft spot for 1840s, especially with the fun printed cottons.
Thank you! I’m tempted to make another 1840s because of the fun cotton prints and I like how I can throw this whole outfit into the washing machine!
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