Fabric choices for Civil War era dresses
It is surprising the colors and patterns and fabrics available back then. Every time I think I have got it down, I get surprised. If you check out the Sewing Academy, we have a whole section devoted to picking the right fabrics. http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=7124.0
White/Purple Floral Lawn - this was on Fashion Fabrics Club but is no longer available. I bought 4-5 yds of a previous version of this with less spiky flowers, but same idea. They both have these large floral elements that are set far apart - hallmarks of Regency prints. It turned out to have an awesome paisley border that I think I will cut off and apply to the hem. That was a nice surprise - the border didn't show in the online swatch. I hope FFC brings this one back again!
White/Purple Floral Lawn
Book of printed cottons, 1863-68, approx. 29 pages of Indiennes, florals, geometrics, mainly in rich purples, browns - NOTE: GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE AND RED all could fade to brown over the years, so these swatches may not look like the originals at all. Use these as guides for print patterns, rather than colors.
Pacific Mills | | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
what it said: “I could go on the Oxford Asian Textile Group’s first outing of 2011 to see Japanese textiles at the Ashmolean Museum… …One of the most wonderful things, in my opinion, was a huge (C19?) pattern book, full of all the different stencil patterns that could be printed onto fabric to make into a kimono…”
Japanese textiles at the Ashmolean Museum, England. Are these from the mid-19th century?