Monday, January 17, 2011

Birthday Dress 1780s Style

It's that time of year again. It was Olivia's 9th birthday this past week. In a tradition I would like very much to keep, I made her a birthday dress. Trying to expand her 1780s wardrobe, I made another polanaise style dress to coordinate with other pieces in her wardrobe. This fabric is made from 100% cotton and is a wonderful weight for winter. It's not light weight, but it's a light to medium weight cotton, a very nice weight and feel to it.

It was cold outside so we didn't do too many outdoor photos. Here are a few pictures from outside and then a couple inside shots.

I am so blessed to have a little girl who enjoys dressing up and indulges me in my sewing joys. :)

Here is a picture of the dress with the ties I made, using my lucet and two different strings, both cotton, the white one heavier then the red.

Here is a picture of the petticoat portion of her outfit with her Christmas overdress.

Here is my dismal attempt at making a doll cake to wear a dress similar to Olivia's birthday dress. I'm glad she liked it. :)



Anonymous said...

Oh imaginative you are! She looks lovely :-) Happy Birthday dear Olivia :)


SinginginHisName said...

Its a beautiful dress and she is such a pretty little girl in the dress! I am always delighted with all the creations you come up with for Olivia! Happy birthday to her and may she is blessed beyond measure this new year of her life!

In Christ,

Janel said...

It's wonderful Carol! I can't believe she's 9. But then again, Ariana is soon to turn 8! I need to break out the machine and make some new dresses.

Again, it's beautiful. : )

Mrs.Rabe said...


I must get this pattern of Jennie's! My girls need some new things!