Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The embroidered stomacher

I finished the embroidered stomacher last week and all in all it took almost exactly a month to do it. But then I was ill for two weeks and didn’t have energy for any other kind of sewing. So the black jacket the stomacher was made for, that one I still not finished. It looked quite good with my old green velvet gown, though. Last Saturday we went to Finland for the Christmas ball at Suomenlinna and we had a good time this year as well. We also had time to see a Hilleström exhibition on Sunday and a walk in Helsinki.

One of these days I’m going to make the planned velvet petticoat for the gown, but hey, it is only seven years old! It is really made for a panier rather than pocket hoops, but the former is such a hassle to travel with. You can, however, see a picture of it worn with a panier on this post at Fashion Through History. I need to wear it with yet another petticoat, though.

For once I remembered to have a Picture taken of the back.
I’m really, really, really pleased with my stomacher! I had great fun making it and there is a certain danger that I will only make stomachers from now on… Well, perhaps not, I have promised J to make an embroidered waistcoat for him. Here are a few pictures of the finished embroidery and a few progress pictures taking with my mobile phone. There have been virtually no sun throughout November, but when the light gets better I plan to take some better close-ups.

 
With Merja from Before the Automobile and Sanna from Rococo Atelier.
The stomacher I was inspired from and my original drawing can be seen here. Then I draw the design on a piece of silk organza, using water proof ink. The organza was then basted to the back side of the wool and the basting lines provided outlines for the embroidery.

 
I contemplating using a tambour hook but then I would have needed to frame it and I wanted a project that I could carry with me, so I decided on chain stitch instead. The yarn I used is called Mora redgarn that I bought from Broderigarn.se. Just as the design isn’t an exact copy of the original stomacher, the colours aren’t exact matches either, even if I tried to get them as similar as possible. It was a very nice yarn to work with.

 
 
 
 
The vermicelli-like design in the background is made in back stitch.










12 comments:

An Historical Lady said...

It is absolutely exquisite, and so is your gown, madam! Perfection! I love the gown with it because it is so different from so much of what you see out there...
You must love it for winter. I hope you have lovely holiday costume events to wear your fabulous ensemble to!

ZipZip said...

Dear Isis,

What a happy, happy, elegant stomacher. Can see where you'd be tempted just to embroider from now on. Looks great with the fur-trimmed gown, which I've always admired as well.

Hoping that December brings some sunshine. The weathermen are predicting a long wet and dark spell here -- we've already had so much gray this fall that my husband is ready to run mad to the far south.

Very best,

Natalie

Isabella said...

Lovely!

Kendra said...

It's really pretty and beautifully made!

Rowenna said...

Just lovely! I am ever so impressed with your design, eye for color, and skills in embroidery!

Isis said...

An Historical Lady: Thank you! Yes, the velvet gown is indeed very cosy for Winter wear! :)

Isis said...

Natalie: Thank you! I really feel disgustingly pleased with it! So far December have been dreary, we usually have snow now, but it is quite warm and very rainy.

Isis said...

Isabella: Thank you!

Isis said...

Kendra: Thank you! I'm very pleased iwth it, if one is allowed to say that. :D

Isis said...

Rowenna: Thank you so much!

Virtuous Courtesan said...

this is amazing and inspiring. Thank you for sharing

Isis said...

Virtuous Courtesan: Thank you so much!

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