I had grand plans to make a net ball dress, but the silk organdy I was using was so infuriating that I couldn't bring myself to finish. Instead, I re-purposed by well-worn Laure Bro white voile gown. I decided to actually use some of the hundreds of paper millinery flowers I have taking up space in my house, and went to the fashion plates to gather some inspiration:
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1813|
|Ackermann's Repository of the Arts, Ball Dress, October 1816|
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, Ball Dress, 1808.|
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, 1808|
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, Ball Dress, 1809|
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, Ball Dress, 1821.|
|La Belle Assemblee, Court Dress, 1819.|
|La Belle Assemblee, Ball Dress, June 1811.|
|The Lady's Magazine, Ball Dress, November 1825.|
|Journal des Dames et des Modes, Ball Dress, 1804.|
They are all lovely gowns, but in particular I loved this last one and that was the one that gave me the most inspiration. Unfortunately I didn't bring enough flowers with me to do the arrangement of the flowers up the center front of the gown. That was poor planning on my part, having just packed a bunch of flowers and leaves without really seeing how many I would need to do this arrangement. I also used paper lilies instead of my roses, but overall I was very pleased with the effect!
These are the lilies and paper leaves I used, both of which are available in my Etsy shop
Each festoon was 1 cluster of five lilies, with three leaves on either side. I used a few extras to accent the ribbon tie (inspired by Quinn's post on adding some variety to where we tie the ribbons on our Regency gowns!) and to stick in my hair. We joked that I was the Regency Frieda Kahlo all night, but I think the overall look was pretty lovely, if I say so myself! I feel like I capture the look of the fashion plates, and I think the flowers in the hair is what really put the look over the top!
|As you can see, I accessorized with one of my Collet Necklaces, just like so many of the ladies in the fashion plates!|
|And a silly dancing fashion-plate pose, of course!|