You will find that may of our patterns are for a single article of clothing, not a complete ensemble. It has been my experience that many people want to create their own outfits, to combine the pieces that best suit their body shape and their needs and desires and not be restricted by set patterns. I have tried to include information, options and trim ideas that will help you create period correct garments that suit your individual purposes. Most patterns include suggestions for other patterns that work well to create complete outfits, with most of our bodices and skirts working together. Women of the 1860’s often made two bodices to match one skirt, helping to stretch a limited wardrobe. When a one piece garment is desired, the separate bodice and skirt may be basted together across the back and around the sides to the skirt openings. With the high cost of fabric and the great shortages during the war years, often the only change in a woman’s wardrobe would be a change in the trimmings on a dress or the addition of a simple accessory piece.
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