Hi, it's Lauren...
I promise, I HAVE been sewing. Promise! It's just been sllooowwwwwww.
It's time to light a fire under my split bum, though - Costume College is in a few short weeks and there is much sewing to be done!
|A refresher - Mademoiselle Guimard by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c. 1790. There is so much detail in this costume!|
|The pleats on my pink puffy pants. I pleated and finished the waist like a petticoat, split on the sides with waist ties.|
|The back of the bodice - in the interest of time, I went with the simplest solution for the Italian gown back, just two pieces instead of four. This CB seam has two boning channels stitched into the lining and a waist tie stitched at the CB.|
|Patterning the bodice front to include tabs and an overlap for the lapels. I made some mistakes here that needed to be corrected by way of fiddling later. This kind of tabbed bodice was popular in the 1780s.|
|The lapels on the bodice are lined in lavender taffeta and trimmed with a silver leaf pattern trim. I found this on Etsy from an Indian shop.|
|I went ahead and made the sleeve ruffles and stitched them in, before setting the sleeves. The sleeve ruffles are made from vintage tambour net lace, folded over and whip-gathered to a cotton tape.|
p.s. I'm putting this gown together using methods we teach in our upcoming book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking. Our book comes out November 21st, 2017 and available to pre-order now - click here.