Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1790s Gown 3

I'm unusually busy at the moment, and will be for at least the next two months, so a very quick post of pictures of the gown will have to do for now.  I'll spend more time on the garment construction later.



Three photos below courtesy of Julie Rockhold:


I bustled the back of the gown so I could dance!

Pictures were taken at the Gadsby Tavern's Jane Austen Ball.




20 comments:

jennylafleur said...

Wow your gown is amazing, so lovely! Bravo! I love how you styled your hair too, very pretty!

Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D'Auvergne said...

Just gorgeous! I am looking forward very much to your construction post.

ZipZip said...

Dear Nicole,

Just extraordinary, the perfect mix of restrained and sumptuous.

By the way, how did you get your ostrich plume to sit so well? Was it sewn to the bandeau? Was the bandeau a soft wrap or does it have an understructure of some sort? I've been researching these and any information would be helpful.

You can see my latest iteration of a bandeau-plus-plume on the post about the Costume Society of America event I just helped at: http://zipzipinkspot.blogspot.com/2011/08/volunteering-for-costuming-society-of.html. In that iteration I used a structured bandeau but just stuck the plume in, and it kept turning downwards. Previous wired iterations suffered the same fate.

Many thanks,
Natalie

ColeV said...

I used a buckram bandeau. There was a heavy wire piece that stuck out like a triangle on the top of the front. I wrapped the three feathers together with wire, then fabric at the base. There were two ends of lightweight wire that stuck out from the top of the fabric wrapping that attached to the triangle (sort of like a kickstand to keep them straight up). The fabric wrapping was then pinned at the base to the bandeau. I'll be sure to post pictures later!

mr.darcy1 said...

I just love the embroidery! Gorgeous!

romanticrecollections said...

Love it! And wow, that was fast. Can't wait to read more.

ZipZip said...

Dear Nicole,
Brilliant on the bandeau treatment; thank you so much for the explanation. The "kickstand": what a neat way to keep things in place!

Thank you so very, very much,

Natalie

Maggie said...

Wow, I can't believe you finished it so quickly. At least it seems that way from the outside. It looks fabulous and just like the real one. Beautiful work!

Isis said...

That is so beautiful! Womderful work!

Jo said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Costume Diva said...

You look gorgeous! The embroidery is amazing, and everything about the gown screams 'authentic.'

Jennifer Rosbrugh said...

Your gown and headpiece are amazing! Great job!

Hungarican Chick said...

OMG, that has to be one of the most beautiful ballgowns I've seen. The embroidery details are STUNNING and the sewing looks meticulous. I absolutely ADORE the back.

Hungarican Chick said...

Incidentally, I'm super-curious about construction. The closure especially.

Kleidung um 1800 said...

Beautiful - you've truly managed to catch "the soul" of the original garment!
Sabine

Niroot said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Angela said...

My dear this gown is absolutely beautiful! I am floored! This is worth considering getting a machine that can embroider from original work. Oh my! You looked beautiful in it as well. Great color for you. Cheers.

Lizzie said...

LOVELY! I'm feeling super inspired now!

The Dreamstress said...

That is just sublime! What gorgeous fabric, gorgeous construction, and gorgeous accessories!

And of course I am massively envious of your embroidery machine!

Lucia said...

The fabric is so lovely and i wish i would have an embroidery machine to ! It looks so beautiful