Heavenly Princess

encouraging femininity

Jo March

Jo March is the second of the four March sisters from the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott which takes place during the American Civil War.

This dress’s design is based off of the bridesmaid dress that Jo wears to Meg’s wedding in the 1992 movie version o the book.

The full bishop sleeves are bound into a slim, fitted cuff that buttons at the wrist, showing off her pretty little hands very nicely.

The dress is made of fine, 100% cotton batiste fabric, which responds nicely to all of the gathers in this design.  The sash is synthetic, and is included with the dress.

The full skirt is gathered tightly into the small waistband.  The gathering stitches were left in to simulate gauging, a technique used often in the period to condense massive amounts of skirts down to the tiny corseted waists that were so popular.

The front of the dress closes with a hook and eye at the waistband and a single snap to ensure that the front does not gape.

*Historical note*  The snap is not historically accurate.  In the period, a straight pin might have been used, or else the bodice was worn without extra “surety”.  It would not have been particularly noticeable if the front gaped open because of the layers worn underneath (chemise, corset, corset cover).

Also, the machine gathers that I used to simulate gauging is inaccurate.  As I stated before, true gauging would have been used (see Beth March’s dress for an example of true gauging).

The sash, being synthetic, is also inaccurate, but could easily be replaced with a silk one.

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