Downton Abbey Day Dress

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

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.

• Meet the Author • Starspangledheart

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.

7 comments… add one

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

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

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

  • Wow! Fantastic!

  • So fabulous!

  • What a great dress!

  • 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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