Accumulation

12 Aug

I doubt I’m the only one who gets super excited about planning new costumes and the slight frenzy of collecting materials. Here’s what I’ve ordered so far:

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Yes, I’ve decided to do the lavender scheme. I was worried that the red would turn out too “christmasy” with the white and I couldn’t find a good darker purple that I thought would work. I’ve also ordered some ivory silk organza for the front panels and underskirt, and decided to trim it in silver instead of gold. I’ll have to learn how to make silk flowers and tassels at some point as well.

The only part I’m not 100% sure is what the back should look like. Should it be a “sack gown”/robe a la francaise? Should it be an en foureau anglaise? Neither? I just don’t know. Suggestions welcome!

2 Responses to “Accumulation”

  1. Ginger August 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I love how these look together!

    French court dress is unlike any other 18th century dress style, actually. For starters, it’s not a dress at all: the bodice, skirt, and train are all separate. Second, the bodice is not worn over stays, because the bodice itself is fully boned. Court dress is a kind of a fossilized style, which has a lot more in common with the clothing from the previous century than with regular clothing. Kendra’s doing a blog series that will probably be very helpful. Here’s the first entry:

    http://demodecouture.com/2013/08/18th-century-french-court-gowns-basics/

    • erin13mc August 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Yes, after I “committed” to making one, I read Kendra’s post and almost backed out of the whole thing! Thankfully, I’ve since found a description of this particular dress and it is a robe a la francaise/sack back and breathed a sigh of relief. I’ll have my hands full just doing that, much less a fully boned bodice that I won’t be able to lace up myself.

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