Where might you ask did this idea come from? Well, other than the fabric. I recently saw Kleidung um 1800's beautiful winter ensemble, trimmed in silk velvet that I thought was just lovely! Perfect for cold weather! And, my friend Antonia has been posting pictures and information about swans down. I don't know about you, but to me, white swansdown says winter to me. And then, I'll have a somewhat nicer coat to wear over my ball gown in February! They will clash pretty terribly, but that's ok. You'll see one, and then you'll see the other.
I already have my basic regency patterns ready to go, so I'm just going to go for it! All I really need to figure out is how exactly I want to close it and how I'm actually going to attach these feathers... I'm using white marabou feather boas (hopefully 5 will be enough?) and I guess I can just do a wide whip stitch, right? Kind of a combo between basting stitches and whip stitches?
I've been looking at fashion plates from 1811 - 1813 for inspiration and here's a few that have struck me that I'm going to meld together. I'm trying to stick with an 1812 theme... that way I'll have an actual wardrobe, plus, next year is the bicentenial!
This is the main look I think I'm going for.
|I love the braid closures and the swooping back hem.|
|This was the inspiration for this reproduction. SO pretty!|
|Not the same thing I'm going for, but I do love her little hat.|
|From 1813 I think. So pretty though!|
|I love the fur around the sleeve head!|
|The yellow hat in this one is cute too!|
Thanks again to nuranar and her fashion plate photo sets where I found all this great inspiration and more to feed my Costume Attention Deficit Disorder! :)