Historical Fashion

A Lady at Court WIP5

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!

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Her skirt has had embellishment applied. It will get a second row of froufrou πŸ™‚

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I’ve made her some pantaloons πŸ™‚

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Of course they’re a bit lacy!

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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…

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I referred to the paintings of the actual Marquise for guidance in my painting.

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The book cover makes her eyes look brown, but on closer inspection I believe Β they’re blue-grey. Also, this is a terrific book if you’re interested in this amazing lady’s life!

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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 πŸ™‚

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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!

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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.

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So, really all that’s left (apart from an appropriate diorama), is the overdress, and her shoes! And maybe a chatelaine like this one…

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So that all of her important bits are at hand whenever πŸ™‚

Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

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A Lady at Court WIP4

The tiny sleeves are embellished! They look like I hope they would. I just carefully blanket stitched all the edges and then added a few beads. Looks pretty I think.

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I then attached the scallops to the main sleeve part and hand inset the sleeve into the over dress portion of this Robe a la Francaise. It’s actually starting to look like a dress now πŸ™‚

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With the sleeves sorted, I moved on to the under bodice, the thing that hold the stomacher. I’m using a combination of tissue silk and my dyed blue main silk. The stomacher part itself should be well decorated which I was only too happy to do!

First though I had to create the base to place all that fun ornament! Here’e the stomacher with no backing and no ornamentation…

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And here it is after I played with it for a while πŸ™‚

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Tiny glass seed beads and dyed to match silk ribbon bows πŸ™‚

I added a little of that dyed to match silk ribbon to the back neck of the overdress and decided it was time to try on my model.

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Of course the underbodice and stomacher will give her much more coverage, lol! Phew! I need to take a little break!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read! Have a great day πŸ™‚

 

~awsumgal

 

 

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Resolution? Finish Pompadour! A Lady at Court WIP 3

Looking back over this project, I simply can’t believe I started it last April! Shameful that it’s taken this long!!

My blank dolly is unimpressed and stares blankly at me from atop my sewing machine….. barely perceptible sighs can be heard occasionally.

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Despite the silent brooding of the little lad, progress has been made in the last couple of days. It had been so very long that I had to back to the beginning (mentally anyway) to figure out where I was and what should happen next. Thank god for the toile!

Shouldn’t be long now and I’ll be at the major embellishing stage, which is so satisfying πŸ™‚

Of course, I remember now, teeny tiny pleats! That’s where I was some months ago when I last worked on this.

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As you can see I am referring closely to my toile. Truly helpful, especially when a fair amount of time can elapse between sessions.

It’s really coming together and starting to look like the gown it will eventually be.

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Here’s a close-up of the scalloped lower sleeves.

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I have treated the scalloped edges with a fixative and will hand finish all the scallops. Originally I thought I would use lace or some tiny purchased trim, and I just couldn’t find anything that didn’t just about completely mask the scallop shapes and then really, what would be the point in all of that careful cutting of the scallops in the first place?

So instead, I’ve come up with a look that I like which is what I have been working on today. I think it’s going to look great πŸ™‚ Pictures tomorrow! The dress might even be all put together….

Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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7 Year Itch Dress for 19 Inch Marilyn Wip2

Good morning!

I’m almost finished with this project. I hope to put the finishing touches on it today.

When I last posted, I left you all with the pleating, looking unshaped and purposeless. Now things have taken shape πŸ™‚
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Some of the bits are done and partially put together….

Here it is on my doll. Caveat here, my doll, although she’s 19 inches tall is not the girl who will be wearing this dress. My doll is smaller in the waist and bust than the sculpture is supposed to be, so it hangs off her a little in places πŸ™ We can’t all be Marilyn!

19Marilyn5wip2wThe pleats looks a little odd in front because I’m trying out the wire structure I made to make the dress look like it’s blowing up around her. Like this:

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The point here is that it can be posed to the owners desire. Within reason of course, nothing is infinite!

The wire contraption is just flexible wire (strong enough to hold the weight of the skirt) sewn onto a piece of canvas. It fastens with a simple snap and is a separate piece from the dress.

When bent upward, the wire holds the skirt up and hides nicely in the pleats πŸ™‚

The finishing parts are left to do, the strapping across the front and the bow tie (not to be confused with a bowtie – different thing entirely, lol) I’ve begun the tie…

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Still have to insert the zipper. The sculpture will be standing with legs apart, but I don’t know how far apart, so a long zipper should accommodate that. I’m still waiting on a confirmation of the waist size of this sculpture, and I don’t want to sew the zip into the back until I have that….

Except for the zipper, everything is hand sewing, so off I go to get that done. Next time you see this dress, it will be complete πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

 

 

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A Lady of the Court Wip 2

I’ve been working on the toile and all of the tiny pleats. I was a little (pleasantly) surprised that despite how random and complicated they appeared at first blush, when they’re all sewn up, they finish quite nicely. There is reason and logic in their placement. Don’t know why I ever doubted that lol!

Here’s the skirt with all it’s pleats sewn up:

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Then on to the bodice and the overdress. More interestingly placed pleats and tucks πŸ™‚ Here are the two sides of the over dress bodice portion… Excuse the many pins! This bit had to be hand sewn in place.

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There is a lining for the bodice as well and the center stomacher portion I backed with felt for more rigidity. In the final version, the silk stomacher will have lots of embellishment (such is the plan!)

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I got to the sleeves. So flouncy!! I like these flounces, although I will need to decide how to finish the silk edges. Not sure that faced versions will work. I’ll have to think on that. Hopefully something will come to me before I get to that stage! Β In the finished version I’ll be adding even more flounce, lace etc. I want the sleeves to be super opulent and frilly πŸ™‚

Woot!! Here’s the whole thing, though not sewn all up yet…

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Just a little more work to do. Sew the sleeves in, put the rest of the bodice lining together, finish all the edges and then, if it all looks good, I can feel confident cutting in to the silk. Can’t wait!

When I started this and was faithfully plotting out all of those pleats and darts etc. onto my fabric, I envisioned that it would be difficult to keep them all straight and wondered if it was all going to work when I was done. As I went along though, it pretty much built itself, lol!

When I stopped for the day, I found a treasure in my mailbox. My Pompadour biography arrived!! I know what I’m reading tonight, lol!

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Same portraitΒ on the cover that drew me to her originally! There are no coincidences πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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