Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Larkin & Smith 1770s English Gown Progress

Last night I finally got back to work on the 1770s English gown. I'd only pleated the back and stitched one side down, before, but here's what I did last night:

It's amazing how something feels much closer to done when the skirt goes on, but I know I have a ton of finishing work waiting for me....
I don't normally sew very fast, but this pattern is pretty amazing. The booklet makes it easy - just follow the steps and suddenly you have most of a gown put together!  There are a couple confusing parts, but I was glad I had a little experience with the pleating on the back (from my Revolution Dress), so I could fiddle through it alright.

No boning in the back yet, and no lining in the front, but it's looking pretty good so far.
At this point there is no lining in the bodice front, no shoulder straps or sleeves obviously, and only one side of the skirt is pleated and attached. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm really enjoying this project, so I hope it keeps going so well.

Tiny prick stitches attaching the front bodice to the back, and the skirt to the bodice. I love this type of stitch.
As to the sleeve trimmings, I've decided to go with the pinked flounces instead of the winged cuffs, so I can wear this gown in Williamsburg this Summer. :-) Yay!
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14 comments:

  1. Excellent work - very neat stitching! And the colour is gorgeous. Well done you!

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  2. Looks beautiful so far! I love the color of this silk, it looks like gold shot with yellow, so pretty!

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    1. Very close, it's yellow shot with pale pink!

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  3. I *love* the color!!! I love 18th century yellow gowns anyway, but this color is just awesome. Also, prick stitch for the win! I can't wait to see this when it's finished.

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely a strong color, though not even as bright as some of the original 18th c. yellows. It'll take the full fluff - hair, hat, shoes, accessories - to pull it all off.

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  4. It looks so good! Love the stitching!

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  5. Lovely! I recently made a 1810s bonnet from almost the same colored silk.

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    1. Cool! It was very popular in the Regency too. A friend of mine has a whole traveling dress made in this color, and it's just eyepoppingly gorgeous.

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  6. Looks good so far! I can't wait to see this finished results

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  7. I made the Larkin & Smith gown last year. It was my first gown and I was thrilled with the result. I'm planning on making another, as soon as I finish my new stays (that's what happens when you lose 50 lbs. - new clothes!)

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  8. Drool! This is gorgeous!!!!! Ooo the close ups of the stitching. Love.

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