Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Gothic" Navy and gold anglaise

This was an experimental project in a few ways. It's the first anglaise I've made without an en forreau back. Which for some reason was scary. But the pattern I came up with for the back worked for a little jacket I made, so I figured it would work here! I also tried to do a good job matching the pattern - fortunately I had enough fabric to do that. I didn't have a ton of fabric which was one reason I did the anglaise this way. I know this is not very 18th century fabric, but I think it's kind of fun (and I have very tenuous historical back-up of gold florals on solid backgrounds which I'll detail at the end of the post).  I'm just going to think of it as more of a movie 18th century costume a la Plunkett and Macleane or Sleepy Hollow than historical! :-)  I used vintage rhinestone buttons on it and the rest of my pleated trim from M&J. I just need to put in some hook and eyes and it's done! Here are some photos:

I did a bunch of internet searching and turned up a bunch of gowns that if you tried hard enough, could justify my fabric choice. Sort of.  . It seems damask patterns weren't uncommon, though they mostly seem tone on tone. (ie, http://www.18thcenturystyle.com/clothing.html and http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/80001535?img=0 and this one.) But I did turn this one up, which is gold on a solid color, which is what my fabric is: (The image from the aforementioned link:)


And then I've also found dresses that have a sort of diamond floral pattern, though not exactly like mine. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/dress-99242 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/resources/firstladies/MarthaCuffs-800.jpg http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1991.204a,b
And maybe if you really pushed it, like this lace pattern. At least the color scheme is similar: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/C.I.64.14
Ok, this is a cotton, but this diamond pattern with a flower is also vaguely similar in design. Thanks to Katherine for the pic (which is embedded from her Flickr):
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  1. I really like this dress and as you mentioned it reminds me of sleepy hollow (:
    Very nice

  2. This is really exquisite! I am dying for this gown!