I was watching Gone With the Wind the other night and reminiscing about the days when I used to make historical costumes. GWTW was my inspiration to start costuming. I saw it for the first time at the end of my senior high school year at my friend Ann’s house. I can still remember sitting on Ann’s couch and watching the first scene fill the screen of the TV. That hoop skirt! Those ruffles! That waist! I knew right then that I wanted to make that dress. The BBQ dress scene was even more motivating! I loved the movie and was inspired!

Over the years, I’ve thought about those dresses numerous times, even purchasing some patterns that would have allowed me to easily make one or more of the GWTW dresses. Alas, life got in the way and none of them came to fruition. I think part of the reason is because I never had a place to wear them. Halloween is great, but one night is not enough for the amount of work a dress like this would require. I was a member of the SCA for a few years in college and loved making medieval costuming (my favorites were the Elizabethan with the farthingales, etc.) Unfortunately, I never discovered a Civil War or similar period group in the Pacific Northwest.

So, that brings me to the present. I was watching GWTW dreaming of owning one of those dresses and had an “AHA!” moment. Why can’t I make modern versions based on the styles from GWTW? The thing that makes the dresses unwearable is the huge skirt. If I can redesign that and make a corset unnecessary, the dresses would completely fit in with current fashion.

Here are a few dresses I’m thinking about recreating: