I’ve been stitching along on this 1790s chintz gown, little by little, fiddle by fiddle. My apologies for these terrible photos – someday I will find my camera’s battery charger and stop having to use my phone!
The whole front is pinned on here, just to see how it will work. The bodice and back skirt are complete, and now it’s time to fiddle onto the bib and front skirt, with the three rows of cording. My focus is on the bustline – it needs to be quite low to achieve the look and balance of the original design. This will put the bodice neckline lower than the stays, which mean I will always have to wear this gown with the neckline filled with a neckerchief or chemisette. (I would anyway; it’s a day dress, and the idea of different chemisettes is enticing)
Onward to completion, then….
Vienna La RougeJune 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM
It's looking lovely!
Time Traveling in CostumeJune 27, 2013 at 5:24 AM
It's very pretty, very dramatic, not like the pale colors you normally see. I like it!
NoraJune 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM
Oh, that gorgeous fabric! And the gown is coming together nicely, can't wait to see it finished!
E. WatermanJune 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Love love loving it!!!
StephJune 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM
Gorgeous! I've always loved that extant gown. It's a great example of the early style. I have the same problem every time I try to make a different style of gown for this period: my stays show. So then I have to make new stays to accommodate the new gowns. Darn! 😉