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Unread 11-15-2015, 01:34 AM   #1
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Bloomer Dress/Costume?

Reaching my feelers into a project I've been wanting to do but been rather intimidated about: a 1850s-60's bloomer costume/dress.
I am a huge fan of early american women's suffrage history and think it'd be about the coolest thing to make a bloomer dress the problem is that I literally have no idea how to get started in anything remotely historical.
That and the patterns from the period on a first glance appear to be predominately ball gowns/formal wear. I'd already assumed I'd have to mock up the shorter skirt/the bloomers myself but the bodice is a concern; since its an everyday wear sort of outfit which obviously a ball gown is not.
Can anyone offer guidance?

Pics, I'm thinking of doing the deep v sort of top with the doubled sleeves; colors are a complete mystery, I've found a few illustrations with color but haven't had a chance to validate their authenticity.

So yea, thanks for any and all help in advance, I know I'm asking for a lot ^^;
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Unread 01-14-2016, 02:06 AM   #2
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I ran into a very similar problem when making my 1880's outfit, and ended up making the patterns myself. You look like you're on the right track looking up the details of the era's style [and I assume you're probably a little further along since this is 2 months old].

Blouses/Bodices really haven't changed that much, you can probably alter a modern pattern if scratch is too confusing (it looks like mostly the sleeves are oversized, and the over-shirt is worn partially open with a simple bunched blouse underneath).
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Unread 02-01-2016, 06:50 PM   #3
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Truly Victorian has some nice everyday bodice and blouse patterns for the late 1850s/early 1860s. For the blouse, you could also consider making a chemisette (dickey) and undersleeves rather than an entire shirt.

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