Saturday, October 20, 2012

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V293: Finished Project: Indienne Print "Curtain-Along" Gown, 1780

I finished my "Curtain-Along" dress in time to wear to Colonial Williamsburg, but it rained the day I had planned to wear it, and only donned it for a couple hours, so I thought it a swell idea, given the beautiful Fall colors outside this time of year, to take some nice photos.


Mr. Chris and I went to our favorite local park and took a few snaps.  I wore the skirt of the gown down, and dragged it mercilessly through wet grass and dirt, but yay for cotton! it washed right out.  I like to see wear and tear on my gowns - Maggie and I call it "patina" - as I think it adds "life" to the dress, or the idea of age and use and authenticity.


The hedgehog hairstyle is done with mostly my own hair - the ponytail down the back is added on with two hanks of "ponytail" hair from the beauty supply.  I sprayed just the front of my hair with a spray-on silver color, but it came out too sparkly and shiny for my liking, and I much prefer the white spray color, to mimic powdering.


We were almost a *bit* early for the Autumn colors, but I liked the mix of green and reds, oranges, and yellows, the "transitional" rather than the full-on (that is another photoshoot, with another dress, another day!).  I was happy to see the Virginia creepers in full fire - absolutely my favorite sort of vine, so much so I crawled into it for a snuggle.


For accessories, I tried a beret originally made for Regency styles.  I took my new historical-dog-headed cane (not pictured), and wore red silk clocked stockings with black Kensington shoes, and Dauphine shoe buckles.  You can get the stockings, shoes, and buckles in my shop - www.american-duchess.com

I'm really happy with how this dress turned out. I feel like it's the first dress I've really ever gotten it "spot-on" with, in terms of fit.  I can actually raise my arms, such a novelty!

For those of you lovelies who are also making Curtain-Along garments, please post links to your finished or in-progress projects! I would love to see the creative ways you used the fabric. :-)
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19 comments:

  1. Very beautiful. I need to make some stays before I can get going on my curtain along dress...hopefully I'll get to them soon.

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  2. These are absolutely wonderful! Mr. Chris does an excellent job. I like that you ruthlessly dragged the dress through the wilderness. Builds character.

    Question: How much yardage of 'curtains' did you need for that dress? I wound up finding all of the different colorways at my local Joanne's, and would like to pick up enough yardage for that one-day-shall-be-made-historical-dress. Ha!

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    1. Hi Rachel - Jenover on Festive Attyre, the genius behind the "Curtain Along", has a little guide to how many curtains make what kinds of garments. Here is her post on it: http://www.festiveattyre.com/2012/09/the-curtain-along-is-go.html

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  3. Perfection! What a wonderful background for this gown!

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  4. What gorgeous photos! I love the colors! I had a red bow set aside for my curtain dress too, but I'm sure my dress will be different in style from yours! You look amazing!

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  5. Lovely photos! Are you going to have more for the rest of the poem? Or are you saving those for winter...that would be awesome!

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  6. I must admit, I was not a fan of the creme colorway of these curtains when I saw them at Lowe's... But I love your gown! The autumn colors show it off brilliantly.

    Anyway, here's my latest post on my Curtain-Along Cloak: http://chelseascostumeblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/starting-on-my-curtain-along-cloak.html

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    1. Looking great! I really like the black colorway as well as the ivory. It was a hard choice :)

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  7. I must ask... What pattern did you use? I'm attempting to make a dress for an encampment that takes place near where I live and I absolutely fell in love with this style. If you could help I'd very much appreciate it. ;D

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    1. Hi Tara - I draped the pattern for this one myself, but I can recommend JP Ryan's Robe a l'Anglaise patterns, or if you are into pattern drafting/scaling, try Janet Arnold's Robe a l'Anglaise patterns in Patterns of Fashion 1. Costume Close-Up and Period Costume for Stage and Screen also both have Anglaise patterns within. :-)

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