So here's my inspiration and how mine is coming:
|This one's my favorite. I love that fabric! From here.|
I decided to make the front a center front closing instead of doing a stomacher. I found lots of period examples of this and I really liked the look. I also haven't seen many other people do it this way, so it would be a little different, which I also like. :) Here are some other dresses that I drew a lot of inspiration from, including something I'm doing with mine, angling the stripes on the front.
|This is from Costume in Detail, it's a dress from 1742-52, but I loved the center front opening and the trimmings!|
|1770's. From here.|
|From the Kyoto Fashion book, you can see there are no robings, and in another picture (that's sort of blurry since it's in the background) it looks to be a center front closure and the description says it buttons closed, it's from 1770-5.|
|Another center front opening, again from 1770-5, and the stripes (which are hard to see since I cut the rest of the dress out of the picture) of the dress are slightly angled on the front and the trim follows the pattern!|
So! Here's my progress so far. I draped the back and sewed the pleats down as well as tacking them in a line and also tacking down the back sides to make it more fitted. These two are from before I sewed the pleats down.
|Look how the pattern lines up down the pleats! :)|
|From the side.|
I also draped the bodice today, since I'd figured out what I wanted, and I'm really happy with the fit, though it did take some time. I cut my fabric out, the floral fabric on the diagonal, and will hopefully start sewing that tonight or tomorrow night!
|The front, I did make some alterations after this, but it looks pretty much the same, which is to say fitted! :P|
|And from the side. I'm liking how the back hangs. This is after I've sewn the pleats.|
I've also been working on the hat for this which will be a little straw one I think. Though I may cover it with ivory silk, like the one in the movie's garden scene above. I partially took apart a straw dolls hat, am flattening it, and I will sew the little crown back on.
So it's coming along! I have to finish it before April 9th, which is another 18th century ball. And of course I'll be wearing it to Costume Con. :)
I've also got lots of other plans for other things, but I'll save that for another post... ;)