Yo-Yo Dress Embellishment

Since we are talking about the yo-yo tool again this week, I wanted to share with you a pattern that I have seen in the new Simplicity pattern book.
Pattern number 2960 – found in the costume section of the book.

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If you look closely at the bottom of the dress, it has been embellished with differently sized yo-yos! Not something I would have expected, but you have to agree that it does look good on this dress.

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Now, for those who are looking for a ‘period authentic’ civil war era gown, this is probably not it. But it’s a lovely gown for those who want something that has an attractive look to the modern eye. According to my reading, this gown appears to be what was known as a ‘day gown’. Worn when a lady was out visiting neighbors or going to church. It is not the more fanciful ball gowns that people enjoy wearing and seeing so much.

For information on how to make a more authentic costume, check out this link – hosted by a couple of Civil War reenactors. Fanny & Vera’s Helpful Hints & Timely Tips

And for those who just want to see some pictures – here is an exhibit of Civil War era clothing that was made by a reconstruction seamstress. A Step Back In Time
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

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