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REVISED Plaid Ballgown design by Spirit-of-the-Mist REVISED Plaid Ballgown design by Spirit-of-the-Mist
This is the revised design for my plaid Civil War Ballgown. I cam up with and sewed this design (instead of the original one I had) after I found out I didn't have enough plaid fabric. So I bought some red fabric and sheer lace panels to use and came up with this new design while I was sewing it!

Here's all the pieces that go with the gown- all of these are COMPLTLY hand-sewn:

-Sheer white base underskirt with wide red ruffle (bottem) medium maroon/white plaid ruffle, and off-white rose patterned lace ruffle with tiny marroon rose accents and ribbon bows (top layer)
-White silk overskirt with plaid swags and bows, red and white roses, and white tulips.
-White cotten bodice with heavy linen lining, point front, plaid collar and waist band trim, maroon braided ribbon and white lace collar trim, white cotten oversleeves with plaid trim, sheer white pouf undersleeves, red and white rose and plaid bow accents.
-Red and white rose/ flowered wire head piece

Here is a list of the undergarments I've made for the gown: (Also completly hand-sewn)

- Heavy cream linen drawstring drawers, trim with lace and white ribbon
-Sheer, white polyester knee- length chemise
-White trigger corset with back lacing and 9 hook front (no boning- I wanted to breathe!!)
-White cotten hip roll with ties
-White cotten 4-hoop skirt, maximum circumfrence of 150 inches, sewn-in sash
-White cotten petticoat with gathered waist and sewn-in sash
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AlainaBrown Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely.
C2xZero Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
I would love to make that dress
Kittehcuttie13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
will it be put up for sale i would totaly buy it for my prom!!!
Spirit-of-the-Mist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009   Interface Designer
The original gown isn't for sale, but I can make another for you (of the same design). Custom fit for you! Let me know if you would like to order a gown ^_^
Kittehcuttie13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OKAY YAYYY oh crap i'm not even in high school well this sucks o well how much would it be?
Spirit-of-the-Mist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009   Interface Designer
Price would depend on fabric costs and amount of detail, which determines how much time is needed to make the gown. When I made the plaid ballgown, it took around 15yds. of fabric total (4.5yds. white, 3yds. plaid, 4yds red, 3yds lace fabric), plus the zipper, thread, flowers, and lace trim on the collar.

Avg. of $5/yd for 15 yds.fabric: $75, trim and notions: ~$12-15, Avg. of 15 hrs. for patterning and sewing at $5/hour: $75. Total cost would probably be around $165, plus shipping. That's about as cheap you will find for a Civil War gown, especially a custom fit gown.
Kittehcuttie13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Very impressive!
kageshoujo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All were hand-sewn? Impressive. The design's great as well! :XD:
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