Sarah Woodington, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2009 The Patterns of Fashion Award

Sarah chose to make a c1818-23 deep blue pelisse recreating the original that is held in the Gloucester Museum collection. She showed great fortitude when making this dress  because it required many, many yards of piping. She recounted standing at bus stops, at parties and in pubs with a roll of it under her arm hand stitching all the while!

The original had been painstakingly studied and the period thoroughly researched before embarking on its recreation. She managed to source appropriate fabrics and proceeded to hand sew it with lovely, regular stitching. It was a very accurate recreation and the end result was beautiful.