Amy’s Day Dress



Crysta Frost


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Other Credits

Photographer: Leftos Aslanoglou

Outline the story …

The inspiration for my gown comes from Amy March of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Ever concerned with fashion and putting on airs, I’m sure Amy would have loved to have a dress with this fashionable silhouette!

Outline the construction…

This is my first ever large-scale historically-inspired costume make. I started this entire outfit back in May of 2020, beginning with the chemise and drawers (pattern: Truly Victorian), corset (pattern: Red Threaded), cage crinoline (pattern: Truly Victorian), and finally the gown which I constructed from a combination of patterns from Izabela Pitcher’s The Victorian Dressmaker. I started sewing garments for the first time in November 2019 and with the help and motivation from Foundations Revealed, I was able to push myself to create what you see before you today!

My fabric choice was inspired by this gown from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (linked). I decided to go with a cotton fabric to avoid the high cost of silk, however. The gown itself was the hardest part of the outfit, as I needed to scale up a single-size pattern from a book for the first time. Plus, I had the added challenge of finishing the bodice and skirt separately, as I want to make a ballgown bodice as well! It was certainly a struggle to get the bodice to fit properly, but with the help of the mentors in the Facebook group, my project really took on the proper historical shapes of the late 1850s! I combined a number of historical and modern techniques to get the gown to come together, and I’m very happy with the result.




  1. Avatar Sophie Roberts on March 12, 2021 at 5:27 am

    What a great choice of fabric. Beautiful dress, I love the shape. You look wonderful.

  2. Avatar Laurie on March 12, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Looks great and perfect timing. Exudes Spring vibes!

  3. Avatar Maddie O on March 14, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    My god. How does one even begin to describe how much I am IN LOVE with this dress!!! And the fact that it was inspired by Amy March makes it even better! ABSOLUTE perfection!

  4. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    This silhouette looks so good on you! Great job♡

  5. Avatar Becky C on March 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    This is so cheerful!! And it came out beautifully. Excellent job!!

  6. Avatar Benigna on March 26, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    The dress is wonderful, I really like the shape and the fabric.

  7. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 27, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    What a fun day dress! I love the floral print– makes me want it for a 1940s day dress! 😀

  8. Avatar Crysta Frost on March 28, 2021 at 5:19 am

    Thank you all so much for your kind words!

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