Hi everyone! I am a Family and Consumer Science and Art teacher in Illinois. Threads is my sewing magazine of choice.
My current project is creating an 1870 bodice for a skirt worn by Mary Todd Lincoln in England. It will have no detail, the focus is on the skirt made by her seamstress and friend, a former slave whose name I can’t remember. The purpose of the bodice is to give the viewer a feel for what the bodice and bustle might have looked like. Only the ecru skirt with double-ruching at the hem survives. I will send photos of the bodice and bustle when finished. It will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from May to October. There will be 23 first ladies gowns on display. Worth the trip to Springfield, Illinois! The museum opened a little over a year ago and is truly an experience.