A large group of us went to Alice's incredible 1820s home to celebrate the holiday, and I can't say enough about this amazing house! Fireplaces, wonderful furniture, bottomless punch bowls, incredible food, and enough candles and candlesticks that we were able to spend the entire evening in firelight only! And every time I am around my friends I am astonished at how talented and beautiful they are. The costumes were just spectacular!
I pulled something out of the UFO pile and finished it up (on the way to the event, naturally!). It turned out to be a 1790s-ish open robe out of blue and gold striped taffeta that I purchased wayyyy to much of many years ago. This is my 2nd gown out of this fabric, but I do love it very much!
I made it all up, and it isn't based on anything in particular, but there were a few images floating around in my head:
|1790s Silk Open Robe, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
And a few trusty fashion plates, per usual:
Journal de Luxus und der Moden, 1797
1794, Ann Frankland Lewis (LACMA)
(The red one on the left)
And here is what I managed with mine:
It still needs some work! I'd like to make the front more decorative- perhaps a false buttoning front? And maybe a row of tiny ruffles along the neckline like the extant pink gown?
All in all, I'm pretty darn happy with something I threw together at the last minute! It definitely has the longest train of anything I've ever done, which miraculously was only stepped on three time! And given the amount of punch, champagne, and sherry we consumed, miracle is the correct word to use!