I had intended to bust out this giant purple chemise style gown quickly, but then between being mad sick and then lazy, it’s taken me *this* long to get it done!
|Needs a bit of a press through the skirt, but otherwise…|
And it’s still not done!
I still need to do the button loops and attach the self-covered buttons at the corners of the front piece. I also need to make a proper sash and acquire one very large black hat, complete with very large black feathers.
|The gathered front bust is *huge*, very puffy, very giant-1790s-puff.|
Then it will be done. 🙂
|The design of the back came from the green/gold gaulle in The Duchess.|
The construction of this gown wasn’t so bad – at least it didn’t come out horribly short-waisted this time. I did have issue with my sleeves, as usual, and there was fiddlage with the center back seam and shoulder strap placement, also as usual. For a first go at a gaulle, though, and a test for a future gown made in silk, I’m really quite happy with how this monstrosity has turned out.
|The sleeves were troublesome – they didn’t come out with the fullness like in The Duchess, but there is a little pleating. I set them the 18th century way with the top-stitched shoulder strap.|