sunnuntai 6. syyskuuta 2015

La Fée Verte dress

Phew. Finally finished what must have been the fiddliest dress I've made so far. I began this Regency evening dress in the spring (I think, can't remember anymore, it's been on the back burner for such a long time) and now it's finally done.

This dress is another sari dress, and I really like the embroidery on it. The mint green colour is a bit unusual but there are several mint green extant pieces from the 18th century already, so I suppose we can assume that it was an available colour also during the early part of the 19th century. The colour doesn't photograph right, it's really quite a bit greener than what it looks like here.

I wanted to do something different with the bodice and the sleeves for a change, so I chose to make a false crossover bodice and sleeves with a gathered oversleeve. One word for all that: fiddly. The fabric, though it drapes nicely has a lovely fall and and is light and fluid to wear was very annoying to sew. I seem to remember I've done something similar before... 

But now I have a new pretty dress for Bath. Hooray!

Pictures? I thought so too :)

I need to add one more pair of hooks and eyes to the back. The white thing on the right side of the neckline is the strap of the petticoat, I couldn't bend my arms enough to tuck it in.

Please excuse the plain hairdo, didn't have time to do anything elaborate.

Seeing the back like this it looks like I could've adjusted the pleating of the hem. Ah well.

8 kommenttia:

  1. It's beautiful! I love how you have the embroidery following the neckline on the cross-front, it's so pretty. :D

    1. Thank you! One reason I chose to do the crossover style was to make the most of the embroidery.

  2. Are you from Finland? Wow! Me too :D So nice to see someone else interested in the 18-19th century from Finland :) Hieno mekko, aivan upea!

  3. Once again you have done a perfect job on your Regency dress! I love the color of the fabric and the color of the accents!! The drapiness is so lovely!

  4. Are you going to the Bath Ball in England? The dress is beautiful, the workmanship second to none, and the colour suits you very well.
    I too have just completed a regency dress, in burgundy and gold and will be wearing it for a dance at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England.
    Greetings from Maureen

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words! Yes, I'm going to Bath, but the festival balls are sadly too expensive for me. Hope you have a lovely time at Chatsworth, what an incredible venue for a dance!