Oct 24, 2013

Questions about an 18th century gown...


I have some glorious fabric to make into an 18th century court gown, like this V&A gown and it will be used for dance performances, so smaller pocket hoops will be used instead of large ones.
I'm hoping this fabric will work - but if my friends don't think so - can they recommend a gown with decoration like the one above that I could copy? Please send any pictures to aylwengg at gmail dot com
I've pasted some links to books about 18th century court dress below this cut.







7 comments:

AuntieNan said...

Your fabric is LOVELY! I wonder, though, given the fresh and rather simple look of the sprays of leaves, mightn't it be a more suitable fabric for a slightly later gown? Something more 1790s? I know that court attire remained stuck in that earlier look, even when more chemise like dresses prevailed in other places, so feel free to chuck my suggestion aside. And perhaps if you found some plain silk for the ruching trim, or were able to match the sprays somehow, that could work too--matching feather in the hair?
I look forward to more updates on this exciting project,
Auntie Nan

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden said...

Yes, the design looks a bit later and I should have some left over to do a 1790s robe, but there is so much on this gown and our weather is so hot that I'm going to attempt using this fabric. My other idea was to make it in a plain green but I think the embroidery will make it stand out a bit. I'm being sent some samples of silk taffeta that match the embroidery colours - so my question then will be whether I make the trim out of the cream or bring out a contrast colour.

AuntieNan said...

I KNEW I had a picture somewhere that would support your choice of fabric.
I will attempt to email it to you!
N

AuntieNan said...

ooops.
Can't figure out how to clip the pic I have into this. Not a natural techie, heh heh!
It's a cream colored gown with panniers made out of lightweight silk, embroidered with or painted with delicate swirls of greenery. Decorated with ruffled or pleated trim down the front, and swirls of more pleated trim on the petticoat. I think I found it either in V&A or Met Museum, but stupidly didn't keep notes!
N

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden said...

Sounds wonderful! Can you email it to me at aylwengg at gmail dot com Thanks :)

AuntieNan said...

Sure, but it'll have to be Monday, as the darn thing is on my desktop at work. So sorry!
Nn

Gibson Girl Edwardian Fashion said...

I would estimate the embellishments might need to be in a different material, but for the main body of the dress the stuff you have should be okay.

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