The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild is hosting a Wives & Daughter's Picnic at the end of September, and I am excited to be going up to the San Francisco area to attend. Plus it's another good excuse to make something new!
So my current project is a new day dress in apple green silk taffeta. I know, not a great picnic fabric, but the fabric is so fabulous and I (1) wanted a silk dress and (2) needed a color to go with both my 1830s bonnets.
I bought two hats this year from Atelier Mela at Costume College. One was a tall 1830s bonnet made from brown and mauve straws. Let me tell you: it was hard to find a matching (in historical clothes matching way) fabric color for a gown. But this is what I found:
I pulled out my French Fashions of the Romantic Era (Dover) to find a design.
Here is an early 1830s silhouette of my corded petticoat, plain petticoat and corset cover with sleeve supports. The sleeve is from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage & Screen.
My mentor, Michelle, did a quick fit of my bodice that I mocked-up from the Truly Victorian Romantic Era Dress pattern. I first used the TV sleeve pattern and adjusted it for the fashion plate design.
This is my pattern and mock-up of that first attempt.
More photos will be posted as I finish the sewing on this dress. Now to figure out my hair...