Downton Abbey Day Dress

by Starspangledheart on July 23, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1910s,Downton Abbey Inspired,Dresses

I just adore Downton Abbey and I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to sew from some reprinted Edwardian patterns this year! :D

This dress is 1914-1915 which would be at the end of season 1 of Downton Abbey. I was able to find a reprint of this dress pattern from Past Patterns. This one is #8480.

Originally, I was going to go the whole nine yards with the bows and neck ruffle and sash but once I got sewing, I felt like it would be way too much!

For the main fabric, I choose an embroidered cotton with tiny green polka dots! From far away, it reads as white but up close you can see all the green. A more period option for the ruffles would have been green, but I like the contrast of the yellow better.

This dress was a lot of work to make since I was working with the original instructions which expect you to know a lot about how these types of dresses are supposed to go together! I also bit the bullet and worked with the original 3/8 inch seam allowance instead of adding extra.

More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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I'm a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I'm also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Draped in Cloudlets July 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

Oh wow, you look so amazing! The embroidery and ruffles – everything is so perfect!


EmSewCrazy July 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Wow! It looks fabulous! You look so nice in your last photo. What a lovely job!


Elaine July 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I loved your dress, and I am also a fan of Downton Abbey! I love the romantic look of the period clothing. Great job!


BobbinBombshell July 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Wow! Fantastic!


mariebayarea July 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

So fabulous!


tanyamaile July 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

What a great dress!


Catherine Alekna July 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Wow! that’s amazing. Its nice to see some of the older Victorian and Edwardian styles on here. And nicely photographed against the water too. Beautiful!


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