Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1795 Muslin Dress

What would a new pair of stays be without a new dress to go along with it? Here is my new day dress made out of a very light blue voile. It’s the same fabric that I used for my chemise a la reine, but don’t tell anyone, tee hee. I used a 1790’s round gown from Costume in Detail as a base for the closure and the Sense and Sensibility drawstring gown as a very rough guide for the pieces. Actually, the bodice is from S and S and the sleeves are from JP Ryan. What a typical Lauren costume, take a little here add a little there, and voila, you have a pattern. Aywhoo, here are the pictures. Enjoy. *Note the completely modern hair and makeup, shock and horror.*

 

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Underneath it all :-)

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These pics show how the dress works. The bodice ties in the front and the front skirt panel, or apron, is pinned into place.  ( I have no idea why I look so annoyed in that first picture, oh well)

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I think it’s nearly impossible to not have an animal in a picture in our house. They’re just so lovey, they have to be near one of us at all times. When mommy’s home, I get to be that one :-)

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Now, I’m going to be making a few open robes to wear on top. Like the one pictured above from the V & A museum.IMG_0013

Out of these fabrics…

That’s all for now. I hope you are all having a great week. God Bless!

15 Witty Sentiments:

Elle Carter said...

Gorgeous!!! Absolutely divine!

Are you using the robe pattern from Janet Arnold? It's a bit tricky. If you are and need anybody to share horror-stories with, I'm here!

AlohaAroha said...

Oooooh...fantastic! And so quick!

Isiswardrobe said...

You look wonderful! It suits you very well!

gentlewomanthief said...

You look lovely - I second Isis, it really does suit you!

Lindsey said...

How lovely! The dress is beautiful!

Emily said...

It's a gorgeous dress! I love it! And I think the fabrics you chose for a robe over it will look beautiful too! I can't wait to see it!

Madame Berg said...

Dress made of awesome and WIN! It's perfect, lucky, lucky you!

Hungarican Chick said...

Love it Lauren!!!!

Hungarican Chick said...

BTW, there's a strange feathery growth on your shoulder in one of those pictures... hehheh

Lauren said...

Elle: I don't have enough fabric to make the Janet Arnold robe. So it will be more simple. I am planning on making it out of silk in the near future.

Hungarican Chick: Yes, I can usually be found with this strange feathery growth around the house. It magically disappears when I'm not home :-)

Wearing History said...

Absolutely lovely! The open robes with sheer gowns is one of my very favorite looks. And your two fabric choices for the robe are beautiful! I love the prints.

Sarah Jane said...

How you can sew so quickly, on top of a full time job and keeping a house, is incredible!!!! This gown is beautiful, so ethereal and you look very romantic and lovely. I love the sheerness of the fabric. The fit is totally perfect. You look amazing!!

My Journey said...

I saw the link to your blog through my friend Emily's blog. I absolutely adore it! You are so beautiful in those period dresses! I enjoyed looking at your handywork. My 6 year old son said you looked like a princess! Thanks for sharing!
Carolina

elfkin said...

I love the sleeves, and thanks for the "how it's put together" pics. That is really helpful. The fabrics for the open robes are awesome, especially the stripey paisley one. Drool!

Lina Myo Jane Bennett said...

Love love love love what you do! I want a dress like this one ♥