So to help me feel a bit more inspired, I thought I'd share my Design and Inspiration for the dress.
The main inspiration really comes from Lady Sybil's beautiful purple dress that we see in the first season of Downton Abbey. This is because I had metres of plain purple cotton laying around that I wanted to do something with.
However, I also took inspiration from Lady Mary who sports this plain striped cotton dress (made for her character by the costume designer on the show) on a couple of occasions:
Oh course, I can't base an 'historical' garment completely on costumes from a TV series. So I've also looked to fashion prints from the era for inspiration as well:
This print is from Summer 1913.
Whilst these are from 1913-14
And these are from American magazines dating around 1914-15.
There are also some great surviving dresses from the era, such as this one:
This dress is from Steel Magnolias Vintage Clothing here.
I was also inspired by the day dress made by the blogger American Duchess which is pictured below (Click on image to link to her amazing blog and blogpost):
Wish me luck!