The Dress and Tunic Ashley: History and Elegance

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The Ashley Dress and Tunic: History and Elegance  

November 1st marks the arrival of our pattern of the month, the Ashley Dress and Tunic. Beyond its contemporary elegance, this creation carries with it a rich history that dates back to ancient times.  

To understand the origin of Ashley's puffed sleeves, we must travel back in time. It was common in the past to own multiple pairs of sleeves that were changed according to one's preference. This practice allowed for a wide variety of outfits with just two dresses and about a dozen pairs of sleeves. This is where the expression "It's a whole new ballgame" originates, signifying that something is not easy, unlike changing sleeves.  

The trend of puffed sleeves made a remarkable comeback in the late 19th century. During that time, the attire was characterized by enormous sleeves, sometimes reaching an impressive diameter, hence the name "Gigot Sleeves." These oversized sleeves were a true symbol of elegance and audacity. It was an era where fashion dared to be bold, and originality reigned.

 However, like all trends, the puffed sleeves trend had its ups and downs. It began to gradually fade away starting in 1898. Nevertheless, it never completely disappeared from the fashion scene. From time to time, it resurfaces, much to the delight of vintage style enthusiasts and couturiers seeking originality.  

The Ashley Dress and Tunic captures this timeless spirit while merging it with contemporary elements. The puffed sleeves of this pattern add a touch of history to your wardrobe while providing modern versatility for various occasions.  

So, grab your threads and needles! We can't wait to see your creations with the hashtags #AshleyDress and #AshleyTunic.

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