Monday, October 29, 2012

Regency drawstring gown and open robe

I just finished a new gown. I started with the open robe. I wanted something new for a pumpkin tea I'll be going to in November. I had some striped silk taffeta in the stash (thanks, Loren!), so I whipped up a quick robe.

Then I remembered I had some red embroidered sari trim that I thought would match it, and it did! And I just barely had enough! So I trimmed the arms and hem. I used antique abalone buttons on the front. Then I remembered I had a sari that had embroidery in the same tones. So I decided to put together a drawstring dress. I really like how it looks together.

As usual I made the skirt too long for fear of making it too short. But that's ok. I had to cut out and sew on trim on the back hem to match. Here are some photos and a few fashion plates that have similar things going on (stripes in the same tone, and short sleeves).














Also: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpm-brighton-hove/5926332512/

8 comments:

  1. This looks STUNNING! I love it!

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  2. So stunning! I love it with the robe as well as just on its own. You have mad skills!

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  3. lovely! that sari looks a lot like something i saw an ebay a while back:)

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    1. Thank you! And guilty as charged! I think you might have linked to it. (I'm hoping you're not linking to stuff you're bidding on!) The sari was really stained though. I washed it, but some of it was like ink that didn't come out. I tried to cut around it but I couldn't cut around all of it.

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  4. Lovely workmanship. You used a sari for the gown, yes? What type of fabric? The embroidery is simply perfection! Loved your use of stripes for the open robe!

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    1. Thank you! Yep, it's a sari. It's silk. I did a burn test on it. I can't take credit for the embroidery, but it is lovely! :-)

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