1830’s Handsewn Cotton Print Dress with Pelerine

I had to do at least one entirely by hand, and this is it! The fabric is a printed cotton in turkey red and subdued greens. The waistline is slightly higher than the natural waist. The skirt is flat in front with some pleats, and gathered at the sides and back. The bodice is also gathered slightly at the waistline and shoulders – the fashion fabric is sewn to a fitted cotton lining. The waistline is about an inch above the natural waistline. As was done during this period, almost all of the seams are piped. The matching pelerine has a scalloped piped edge.  It was made using Past Patterns #806 Lowell Mill Girl.