President James Monroe was also on hand to lobby for his Monroe Doctrine!
The gold and green ladies dresses were made from Simplicity pattern 4055 which was designed by Jennie Chancey. The dresses were made of basic quilting cotton and were extremely comfortable.
The pattern went together perfectly and each dress took about eight hours total sewing time. That time is including the stitching of all visable areas by hand and the creation of the chemisette undersleeves and cuffs. All-in-all it was a fun diversion and a rather quick project by quilt-making standards.
The little girl's white dress was constructed using techniques from the classic heirloom sewing book "French Handsewing by Machine" by Martha Pullen (I adore that lady.) It consists of cotton batiste with rows of twin needle pintucks and cotton lace insertion and was originally worn by the little girl's Aunt at her first communion. I'd love to share more details on that dress if you're interested.
Everyone needs to dress up like this occassionally! Hope to see many of you in costume too! In the interim feel free to contact us with any questions or comments - we love to hear from you!