Hi doll folks!
Here is my muse 🙂
Anyone know who she is?
I didn’t at first when I saw this perfect image online and it wasn’t labelled or captioned. I didn’t know who I was so taken with! This was the very image I had in mind and I was so very excited to find her. I wanted though to add details into the project that pertained to this particular person so I dug a little further and realized to my delight that it is none other that Madame de Pompadour! Born Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, here painted in her younger days by Francois Boucher. I love this painting! The lady herself is no less intriguing. A companion and trusted advisor to Louis XV, she was a major influence in many high level matters of state, but chiefly the arts and culture of France. Voltaire was a dear friend. She ran the household for the king and remained an important member of the palace until her death in 1764. A most interesting figure!
I realize of course that she is not wearing blue in this painting, but historically, the blue is quite ubiquitous during the time period, and I am not copying the painting you understand, just being inspired by it! (Although she may need a little lap dog 😉 We’ll see what other interesting details emerge after I read her biography that is on it’s way here.
I hope to add some period appropriate accessories and furniture for her as well, but I’m getting ahead of myself!
I’m continuing with my project. Satisfied with the dye job on the silk and the trims, I moved on to the pattern. I’ll be doing a Robe a la Francaise. It’s a complicated business. I’m working from Janet Arnold’s fascinating Patterns of Fashion book. It’s a study of period clothing examples from 1660 to 1860. It’s dry and technical and just my cup of tea!
Of course, much adaptation and altering needed to be done to fit my little lady. I’m hoping to make this project historically accurate or at least plausible and believable. That means lots of research and learning new things! I like a project I can really sink my teeth into.
I’ll be figuring out the construction procedure as I go because my resource isn’t a “how to”, it’s a study. There aren’t any instructions. I will make a toile and that will give me practice before I cut into the silk I have dyed for this gown.
One of the interesting challenges about this gown will be the insanely tiny pleats throughout the petticoat front and back and the overskirt. They are numerous, precise and like I said teeny!
Pattern chaos ensued lol! My doll seem to have fainted!
Yikes what a mess!
One of the ladies looks on….
The pleats needed to be carefully marked otherwise I won’t be able to keep them all straight!
Three down, 35 000 000 to go lol! Thank goodness for magnifying glasses 🙂
I put the ruler in the above shot to illustrate just how minute and close together they are. I got half of the front petticoat done and had to take a break! Ah well, I’m sure it will be worth it when I’m finished.
I hope I can figure out how to construct the back of the gown. All in good time……
Until next time, thanks for reading!