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Now with size layers.

This is not a printed pattern. This is a digital download.

You will receive a link immediately upon ordering that will be sent to the email used to order. You will receive several letter size files: How to print, the front and back cover, and the sewing instructions. You will receive several A0 size files: The entire pattern in color and solid lines, the entire pattern in black and white dashed lines with size layers, and the entire pattern broken into separate parts. The separate parts are so you can print just what you want: View A Bodice, View B Bodice, Vice C Bodice, View D Bodice, and View E Bodice. Also separate are the skirt pleating templates and the skirt ruffles. This means you can print just the View you want in just the size you want. The A0 files are meant to be sent to a copy shop to print full size or they can be tiled by the user by using the "poster" option in Adobe Acrobat so they can be printed on a home printer. Here is a link to instructions on how to use the poster option on the Adobe help page.​

Pattern #117Ladies' Ball Gown 1840 - 1863 in sizes 6-34 with size layers2 Bodice Variations and 5 Sleeve Variations , bretelles, 2 skirts & 2 bertha options

Misses Sizes 6 to 34 - All Sizes Included in the download1840-1863 Ball Gown with 2 bodice variations and 5 sleeve variations.This dress has a dropped shoulder typical of the time period. It comes with both a princess seamed bodice and a darted bodice. The neckline is a wide boat and there are lower-cut options as well. View A is an 1840's ballgown with plain, straight sleeves and an applied bertha. View B has a flared sleeves and bretelles and is great for the 1850's. View C has a double puffed sleeve, which can also be made as a normal puffed sleeve, and a flounced, tiered skirt. View D has a flounced sleeve and a detached bertha, and View E has pleated sleeves. Both have piping at the armholes, waist and neckline. The back can be closed with either hooks and eyes or laced shut with eyelets. The sleeves are interchangeable with the bodices. There are no pattern pieces for the skirt as the layouts show how to cut the fabric for the skirt depending the the width of the fabric. There are complete instructions on how to make all the garments, including the skirt, with or without ruffles.This dress was copied from an existing ball gown dated to the mid-1850's in the collection of the author. This style would have been worn from 1840 to 1863.


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117 Ladies' Ball Gowns 1840-1863

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