A lot has changed since my last post!
Her underbodice/stomacher is all finished. Here’s a pic when it was still full o pins!
Her skirt has had embellishment applied. It will get a second row of froufrou 🙂
I’ve made her some pantaloons 🙂
Of course they’re a bit lacy!
It looks more painful than it is, I assure you!
The overdress is what still needs attention. I’m having trouble deciding what to use to decorate the front verticals. I originally wanted lush and rich looking bows, which were popular at the time, but my attempts at silk ribbon bows are a disappointment, lol! Not to mention the fact that I’ll need to make rather a number of them and it would be best if they were as similar to each other as possible. I’m having a little trouble on that front as well! I’ll be looking in my reference books and such to find to best repeatable way to make a nice looking ribbon bow.
I also completed the work on the doll herself! I chose a girl who is a little pale, which is accurate to her I think. This picture makes her look quite a bit pinker and darker than she really is…
I referred to the paintings of the actual Marquise for guidance in my painting.
The book cover makes her eyes look brown, but on closer inspection I believe they’re blue-grey. Also, this is a terrific book if you’re interested in this amazing lady’s life!
I’ve painted her features and blushed and detailed her body too.
I then worked on her hair. She is pre Rococo craziness, so there’ll be no ships at sea on her head or anything, lol! That’ll be next time. Maybe I’ll do Marie Antoinette 🙂
It’s a little hardcap wig. I did add a few beads. She is a Marquise after all and anyway I couldn’t help myself!
Ooh wait! I almost forgot! I’ve given her some jewelry. A pair of matching bracelets (common at the time) of silver rolo chain and a silver, double strand very fine double ring link chain choker with a larger central silver wire ball bead.
So, really all that’s left (apart from an appropriate diorama), is the overdress, and her shoes! And maybe a chatelaine like this one…
So that all of her important bits are at hand whenever 🙂
Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!