Laughing Moon: Saloon Girl Pattern
All the components of the pattern Saloon Girl are
separate and can be combined and layered as desired.
The bodice is period correct, with the pleats in back
designed to accommodate the bustles of the 1880's. The
bodice is fairly modest to allow modern foundations to
be worn underneath if you desire. You can always lower
the neckline and narrow the shoulders for a more
revealing look. feel free to substitute a chemise top
and corset (pattern #100) for the bodice. It can be
made with the 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless. The
drawers, both long and short, are period. The petticoat
and the skirts are a circle skirt. The petticoat has
3 layers of gathered lace at both the inside and
outside hem. The skirts can be made in a plain circle
or gored circle, with or without ruffles. The
overskirt with drape front and bustle back are period
correct. The cape is 1/2 of a circle skirt. The hat is
"costume construction" as most sewers today don't have
access to felt hoods and hat blocks. The foam gives
it a three dimensional look that approximates felt,
though it can be made entirely of buckram if desired.
Millinery wire enables the brim to be shaped.
The stockings are copied from a picture of a
prostitute shown in the Storyville video. Both
horizontally and vertically striped stockings were worn.