I recently acquired an enormous amount of brown-black silk taffeta, one of those mismarked super-bargains you come by every once in a great while. I also recently found a new AD model who looks straight out of a Vermeer painting, and combining that with having recently watched "Rembrandt and I" (highly recommended!), everything has fallen in place for a whoppin' great big Dutch 17th century gown.
Naturally, here's some inspiration:
|Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park - 1662 - Gonzales Coques|
|Merja of Before the Automobile - I saw this dress in person and it was *stunning*|
|Portrait of Lady - 1667 - Gabriel Metsu|
|Diary of a Mantua Maker - Nicole's gown is 1670s, a little later, but is also plain in its trimmings.|
|Woman playing the viola de gamba - 1663 - Gabriel Metsu|
|Detail from The Glass of Wine - 1661 - Vermeer|
- Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2 - a glorious book with tons of photos, in-depth detail, patterns, and instructions.
- Patterns of Fashion 1 - A good early pattern
- Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800 - several patterns from throughout the century, plus instructions for skirt supports, collars, etc.
Now just have to finish, y'know, all the other projects that are in-progress. :-)