This dress is based on an 1848 photograph of a little girl, approximately aged 8, and her family. The fabric in the original photo appears to be a gingham. Gingham or a small check is particularly fitting for this pattern, since the grain of the fabric is sewn at an angle towards the point in the front, creating a nice effect. I thought it was just lovely, and since a good friend inspired me to make a pattern for her daughter, I thought it fitting to name the pattern after sweet little girl!
So here is the first peek at the Elisabethe Dress pattern, soon to be ready for testing! It features a wide neckline, a tightly-gathered fan-front, petal sleeves, and full skirt. (Please note that I opted to cartridge pleat this version for my daughter, but the pattern will include instructions for traditional gathering to match the original.)
I hope to get this into the hands of my testers within the next 3 weeks, and after any necessary revisions, it will go into my soon-to-be-open store! Thank you for all your support and encouragement.