This year I feel extra on the back foot with getting stuff done for Costume College. I have SIX classes to teach, three of them 18th century focused, and on top of that the decisions on what to wear for evening events, most notably the Gala.
At this point it's mostly a "what do I have that's closest to completion and Gala-appropriate?" That would be the yellow English gown I've been working on for way-the-heck-too-long, so that's what I'm going with. That's what I need to finish!
|Latest progress (from April) - one sleeve basted on, but needs adjustment to the armscye. The robings here are just pinned on to see how it would look. Need to get the other sleeve assembled and on as well.|
I ran into a little conundrum, though.
I wanted to do winged cuffs for this gown. I've always loved them and jumped at the chance to add them to this earlier style. In my research, though, I found that winged cuffs, found primarily in the 1740s and 50s, accompanied untrimmed gowns. The "fluff" was in the accessories - neckerchiefs, chemises, aprons, caps - but not on the gowns themselves.
|Mrs James Otis, c. 1760, by John Singleton Copley - Wichita Art Museum. This gown has winged cuffs and untrimmed robings, but the stomacher, which is very wide and round at the bottom is trimmed in self fabric.|
So I've had to juggle my plan a bit, but because I like things to be as versatile as possible, I've decided to make a Double Period Dress (to use a term coined by Your Wardrobe Unlock'd).
My new plan:
- 1 Gown - untrimmed, with winged cuffs
- 1 1740s Stomacher - ivory taffeta with bands across to tuck the neckerchief into;
- 1 1760s Stomacher - wider, rounder, and with lots of self trim
- 1 Plain Petticoat - entirely of yellow taffeta (can be used for other outfits too, yay!)
- 1 Trimmed Petticoat - the front of the petticoat in silk, the back in a cheaper fabric, probably cotton.
Just have to...y'know...finish it. ;-)