Friday, November 8, 2013

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Seeking Adventure in 1879, But 1880 Will Do, Too

I'm having that...that feeling.  It's an exciting but terrible feeling, the one that comes with being in the middle of one complex project, but wanting to start another complex project right away.

I'm in the midst of the big, blue LACMA Sacque-ma.  It's going well, and I want to continue trimming and "improving" the thing to completion. However, there happens to be a Christmas Tea coming up on December 14th, and I haven't a thing to wear (lies, of course I have things to wear, but I want something new!).

I've been musing on attempting to re-create something from the 1879/1880 Mme Demorest's Catalog..  That desire and this tea seem to coincide quite well, but I haven't any idea whatsoever of what fabric(s), what color, what patterns, what anything. I just WANT.

So in an effort to educate my eyeballs, I might have been up til 2 am last night ogling late 1870s, early 1880s gowns, and trying to figure out what the heck is going on in the back drapes. Here are my favorites from my Pinterest board on the subject:

The Museum at FIT - I love the coffee/cream color scheme, and the textures. I have an apron pattern that would work, perhaps
Vintage Textile - despits the hoards of trimmeries, this skirt makes sense to me, construction-wise
Glenbow Museum, c. 1878 - I like the color scheme, and the skirtings are very similar to those shown in Demorest
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1876. Another grey/grey color scheme, with an apron that seems coherent to look at. I'm not a huge fan of ruching, but I love the peek-a-boo pleat detail on the underskirt.
MFA Boston, 1874-75. I like the color scheme and tons of texture.
The Met, 1878-82. gorgeous color and fit through the bodice.
Revue De La Mode, 1880, France. The dress on the right seems do-able.
Le Journal Des Dames et Des Demoiselles, 1876 - I love the grey, of course. A bodice pattern could be extended into those long tails quite easily.  The dress on the left is quite dashing too, though!
Of the patterns I have, I could put something together - my basic Truly Victorian 4-gore underskirt worked great for the Green Acres gown, when trained; I also bought Wearing History's 1879 Dinner Bodice e-Pattern last night, and I have Truly Victorian's Autumn Overskirt, which is a little late but could be swagged and worked into an earlier incarnation.

Now for fabric.  Hrm.........
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14 comments:

  1. Haha I love that your costuming ADD is just as bad as mine, makes me feel better :P

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  2. I know *exactly* the feeling you mean! Hits me all the time when I am about 50% through a big project!

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    1. Hahaha, yes, right about that half-way point, even 60% of the way. Everything lags and new things look shiny

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  3. I have a dark blue gown afternoon gown that is similar to the light blue one you first pictured (trimmings wise). It has the pleating, ruffles and lace. I think though it's more mid-1870s because the back seems fuller than gowns from the 1880s. If you are interested, I can take some photos of the it up close and on the inside to show the construction details. My e-mail should be on my blog (under About Me) if you are interested.

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  4. Oh, good! I'm not the only one! ;)

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  5. 1878-1880 are my favorite years! I have an outfit based on the Coffee/Cream gown, but in Blue Moire with copper trimmings. I love the Natural Form silhouette so much more than hoops or big-butt bustles.

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    1. That sounds gooorgeous. I agree about the natural form shape. It's just so flattering, I find :-)

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  6. OMG! That Catalogue is a perfection, is it possible to download it? I would love to print it.

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    1. Sorry! I found it :D, anyway thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. I love these! Gosh pinning will suck your life away. Especially at night!

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  8. I love the late 1870s/early 1880s! Such pretty dresses with the mermaid tail trains with all those embellishments!

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