Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stripey 18th century robe a la francaise done!

I bought the striped silk taffeta from fabricguru.com. I believe I got nearly 10 yds for a total of 82.57 including shipping.  I actually even have some left!

I draped the back and then used the same pattern I used on the last sacque I made, an altered Simplicity pattern for the bodice side pieces.  The petticoat was draped too.

I used trim bought at Renaissance Fabrics and some on the sleeves that I bought at an antique show. I didn't have enough for the whole thing, but I liked the Renaissance Fabrics trim.  I also used some rosettes bought at the same antique show.

The roses were made by Katie Jacobs (katiejacobs.com) - they're actually made of coffee filters, but I think they look real! I was inspired by a costume from Marie Antoinette for the flowers on the stomacher. And there's one for the hair.

I hope to have some decent pics of me in this at Costume Con!













22 comments:

  1. Awesome work Maggie, looks great!! The fabric is really sweet!

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  2. Maggie, I love the colors in the fabric. And those flowers are amazing!
    I'm sure it will look wonderful on you.
    Val

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  3. Thanks, Val! I hope I like how it looks on!

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  4. Very pretty! Love that stripey fabric!

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  5. WOW! It's so pretty! I can't wait to see you in it! The flowers are truly gorgeous. Hard to believe they're coffee filters.

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  6. Schnikies this is one gorgeous gown! Well done!

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  7. This looks gorgeous!! I can't believe it was only 10 yards of fabric!

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  8. I love the pinked edges - how did you make them? I can never find scalloped pinking shears, and don't want to invest the time/money in an 18th century pinking tool.

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  9. Thanks! They are Fiskars Scallop scissors. I really like them, but I use fray check anyway:
    http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-97917097-Scallop-Fabric-Shears/dp/B000B7OSSM

    They are out of stock at amazon, but maybe you can find them on the secondary market.

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  10. And thanks Beth - I didn't even use up the whole amount. It helps that I'm short. :-)

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  11. Ooooh, pretty! I can't wait to see you wearing it!

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  12. Beautiful! I love the fabric!

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  13. Wonderful! Great fabric, and well done, you for getting it at such a bargain! I am always making things/doing things at bargain prices, or using garbage picked finds when restoring my 18thc. house. I admire all who make things that look like a million, for pennies!
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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