V291: New Project: LACMA Sacque-ma

Well, it’s happened again.  You will know what I speak of.  I’ve bumped into a dress that I simply *must make.*

It’s this one, from LACMA:

LACMA Collections Online – Robe a la Francaise, 1765, England

I’ve never been a fan of the Robe a la Francaise, but something about this one has me out fabric shopping and dreaming of silver passementarie.  I found this similar silk brocade at puresilks.us :

The original dress is silk faille, with a woven dot, and embroidered or woven with large silver floral sprays.  I’ll have to compromise on the faille (wow, expensive) and the embroidered florals – my embroidery skills, particularly with bullion, aren’t up to snuff, and it would take me, like, the rest of my life anyway.

Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1 . Very very similar, even has the comperes button front.

The nice thing about sacques is that there are plenty of patterns and information available.  I will most likely use the pattern in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction C. 1660-1860.

I’ve dubbed this someday-soon project “The LACMA Sacque-ma.”  More to come, I promise you!


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