Thursday, 17 September 2009

The finished gown

The gown is finished! Two days before I need it, this must be a famous first for me.

As I didn’t have enough fabric to make a draped front, I decided to do the same kind of front as I did on the 1790’s round gown.

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There are gowns from the early 19th century that’s virtually sewn as this gown, only with a higher waist, so it felt like a logic decision when my first plan didn’t work out.

The lining is pinned over the chest and then the front closes with a drawstring, which also gathers it. The waist is a bit higher, though not as high as Regency gown later becomes.
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The skirt is cartridge pleated to the back.
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I deliberately left the sleeves unlined. As the whole of the gown is lined I wanted a little skin to be seen through the holes in the fabric, somewhere. The waist sits between my real waist and my breasts.
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I think I will do a small pad for the back. Apart from that, I think that the back is what I’m most pleased with on this gown.
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10 comments:

Lauren said...

absolutely gorgeouse! I love the eyelet fabric you used. It gives it such a beautiful interest in the textile. Very well done, and I love the method of closure - I will have to try that.

Isiswardrobe said...

Thank you! I bought the fabric on sale, years ago. I meant it to be a Regency-dress, so I came close, anyway. :-)

It's a very easy way to make a closure. I was a but afraid that it would pull apart in the front, but the fabric stays put very well.

Madame Berg said...

I'll say it again: Sooo pretty!

What was your first choice, when you say "draped front"?

Isiswardrobe said...

Thank you!

Well, the gown I was inspired of, from Tidens Töj, had a loose front that was draped shawl-like, so it git a v-shaped decolleté. Which I would love to have, but I literally used every scrap of fabric, for this- the small piseces left isn't even enough for a reticule!

Lithia Black said...

Ooooh very pretty :)
I really love the cartridge pleated back :)

Isiswardrobe said...

Thank you! It's very satisfying to make cartridgepleats- at least I find it so. Perhaps I'm just strange... :-D

Madame Berg said...

I see, and I know what dress you refer to - it's lovely, too! See ya tomorrow! :D

Isiswardrobe said...

Isn't it, Mdame Berg. See you tomorrow- it'll be nice to see you "for real". :-)

Miss Ellinor said...

I loved your dress. You looked stunning in it. I now know who's dress to be inspired by next time. ;)

Isiswardrobe said...

Thank you! You looked very pretty!

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