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dyeyarn | Posted in General Discussion on

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.

Becky D.

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  1. suesew | | #1

    Welcome. Sounds like an interesting and detailed project. We just don't sew like they used to.

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      dyeyarn | | #2

      Thanks! Just ordered my bulk button blanks. Sewing is a relaxing break from teaching.

       

      Becky

      1. Teaf5 | | #3

        Welcome! I love your project and the Bradbury quote! As a writing teacher, sometimes teaching is a relaxing break from sewing....

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          dyeyarn | | #4

          Thanks so much! I will be sewing a storm this week trying to get the bodice done by next monday.

          I really appreciate my writing teachers. When getting my MSED, one professor wrote, "It is refreshing to have someone write the English language so well." I only write well because I was taught well. My high school teachers were the greatest. I won't tell you how long ago this was.

          Becky

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