A majority of attendees wear a sacque/robe a la francaise to the dinner (unsurprisingly), as I always have, but it is open to anything 1750-1800, so I thought I'd go a bit later this year. (Watching The Duchess as I cut out pieces for something else had no influence on my decision, I'm totally sure.)
I have a striped silk gown that I made for Costume Con in 2011, and while it's great fabric, it was never one of my better efforts. It never made it onto my 18thc page for a reason, haha. I meant to have a matching petticoat but ran out of time, and the sleeves were always bad.
It was very wrinkly.
|This is a flattering bodice length, right? *raises eyebrow*|
|Tiny hooks! Fraying silk! Oh, the humanity!|
|I did enjoy those back chevrons though. They're spiff. I doubt I'll have enough fabric to cut them on the cross this time. Oh well.|
|I won't knock my 2011 hand stitching though. Mainly because it still looks like that. No twenty stitches to the inch, here! Hey...it holds.|
|Piecing is period. So, so period. Good thing.|
The panels were cut hilariously crookedly, by the way. Did I not own a yardstick in 2011? I don't even know. Good thing I cut them way too long.
So then I moved on to the bodice. I wanted a bit more interest this time around, and thought a cutaway bodice (what many people call a "zone" front) could be fun if I played with the stripes. And because I like to add unnecessary steps, I decided I wanted a closed front to my bodice, like in this Fragonard portrait:
A stomacher front might also be an option, but that would be an awfully wide stomacher, and I can't even get the small ones centered properly! The waistcoat sounded like a much better idea to me.
So that's what I've been working on, and I finished it tonight. No pics on me yet, because it's too cold to change and put my stays on, whine whine.
|And it wrinkles more when it's on me. It's a big expanse of silk going over an inverse curve...wrinkles are inevitable. Just ask the lady in that portrait.|
The silk front is pieced in three places, but my blue thread matches the blue stripe very well, lucky me. It's got two cable ties at the center front and two at the back lacing for boning. The top front piece is the striped silk, the rest is white linen, and it's laced with linen tape.