Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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V242: 1790s Robe Royaliste: Almost Done!

I had intended to bust out this giant purple chemise style gown quickly, but then between being mad sick and then lazy, it's taken me *this* long to get it done!

Needs a bit of a press through the skirt, but otherwise...
 And it's still not done!

I still need to do the button loops and attach the self-covered buttons at the corners of the front piece.  I also need to make a proper sash and acquire one very large black hat, complete with very large black feathers.

The gathered front bust is *huge*, very puffy, very giant-1790s-puff.
Then it will be done. :-)
The design of the back came from the green/gold gaulle in The Duchess.
The construction of this gown wasn't so bad - at least it didn't come out horribly short-waisted this time.  I did have issue with my sleeves, as usual, and there was fiddlage with the center back seam and shoulder strap placement, also as usual.  For a first go at a gaulle, though, and a test for a future gown made in silk, I'm really quite happy with how this monstrosity has turned out.

The sleeves were troublesome - they didn't come out with the fullness like in The Duchess, but there is a little pleating.  I set them the 18th century way with the top-stitched shoulder strap.

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  1. beautiful! and in such a striking color!

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    1. Thank you! I don't normally go for purple, but thought I would try it out for this mock up

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  2. I love the seam lines on the back of the bodice, very dramatic!

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  3. Beautiful! I'm also in love with the lines on the back. And your cute little hand stitches!

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    1. You mean my terrrrrrible hand stitching, lol! Not my strong suit, haha

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  4. I am in LOVE with the seam lines on the back of the bodice. LOVE.

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    1. Thank you, Miss! This fabric isn't very forgiving - had to fenagle (technical term) the back to get it to lay nicely...still see pulling and things, but now I know what to look out for in the final version, though a more friendly material will likely help too

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    2. You make a lovely fenagler my dear :P

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  5. I love the seams on the back! The dress looks great.

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  6. Ooh, it's so pretty! I love the back and envy the fit of it because I've been trying to fit my mock-up for a new anglaise for days and still it doesn't seem to be right on the back side. *sigh* I guess I need to make a thrid mock-up version, then. I've never had so much trouble with fitting and I don't really know what is wrong with it this time.

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  7. Beautiful dress......especially love the color.

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  8. Interesting! I love that back construction. Can't wait to see a photoshoot of it worn.

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully we'll be doing a photoshoot this coming week...gotta finish the hat and sash first though

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  9. As many have said before me,I adore that bodice! I love the puffy front and then the structured back...Stunning! Perfect color for it as well.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was unsure about the super-puff in front, but I think it will work with the black sash, once it's finished

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  10. Gorgeous!!! I love the top stitching :D

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  11. I'm commenting kinda late so you probably won't see this comment, but just wanted to say that this looks very beautiful and I hope we will get to see it worn soon!

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