I have a confession to make. I admit to feeling quite jealous whenever I see Abby dressed in the pink and white 1768 sacque from The American Duchess Guide. To me, that gown embodies everything I love about Rococo fashion. Thus it seems like the perfect time to make a fresh new puff-pastry of a sacque from the new Simplicity 8578 pattern.
|This Simplicity Pattern + This Book = Pretty Fluffy Sacque|
I've cut out the Simplicity 8578 pattern tissue in a size 12 but after hunting down the Finished Garment Measurements on the bodice front piece, I anticipate that I'm going to work out quite a bit of excess in the fitting. This is no bad thing - in fact, I recommend cutting the side back seam, armscye, and bodice bottom edges with extra seam allowance just to give yourself more room for adjustment (say, for instance, if you have a long waist like me).
My fabric is a gorgeous striped taffeta in very warm taupe, coral, and sage. It reminds me of the textile used for this extant gown:
|Sacque, c. 1770s. Kerry Taylor Auctions. The taffeta used on this gown has a consistent and more regular repeat. The colors are similar to mine and there is that ombre effect.|
|Trimming the petticoat - I've done several type of whip-gathered trims here and stacked them onto the front panel of the petticoat. These were stitched on to the panel flat, before pleating.|
I haven't quite decided on using the separate stomacher from the book or making the comperes front from the Simplicity pattern. I don't mind pinning stomachers; I really rather like a set in, button-front falsie, but I keep imagining eschelles (bows) in green or blue exploding out of my chest, which may or may not work with a comperes front. I'll just have to play around with them and see. :-)
|A very quick doodle|