here and you can follow the complete dress diary by scrolling back thru here.
Those sleeve ruffles used scraps from another project -- they were leftover from the layered lace skirt over a purple silk hoopskirt I made to portray the Marquise de la Tour-Maubourg in the Franz Xavier Winterhalter portrait of "Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Maids of Honor" with a group of friends. Here's the portrait gown...
And here's my recreation. Our group won "Best in Show" for our costumes and presentation at Costume-Con 26 in 2008 (which is kinda like winning an Emmy or an Oscar for costume hobbyists!).
I also like to use lace on accessories. For my 16th-century garb, lace is the crowning touch on ruffs, like this heavily starched 1590s ruff. The dress diary his here.
Finally, a photo of some lace in my fabric stash! I hope to use this on a really extravagant ruff in the future. I bought 10 yards in the L.A. garment district.
Can't wait to see the rest of this month's lace extravaganzas!
So many lovely costume outfits! I have one 1800th century outfit with laces but a very modest one (I was supposed to dress like middle class woman). You succeded very well with the outfit looking like the painting.ReplyDelete
Oh my, I could drool over those costumes, and that hat in the first pic!! I could so use that hat for a Mardi Gras event next year! LOLReplyDelete
Very beautiful outfits! :)ReplyDelete
I am always completely in awe of your costume-making skills. While I have a special partiality towards the first dress (what with it being purple and stripey), they are all beautiful.ReplyDelete
I am humbled by your seamstress skills! You have excellent taste in costumes and execute them beautifully! How many hours does your average costume take to create?ReplyDelete
I can barely fathom the amount of skill, patience and attention to detail required to create such beautiful costumes. If sewing were mountain climbing, you'd be atop Mt. Everest. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you all!ReplyDelete
Traicetrak - I bought the hat in the first pic from http://www.etsy.com/shop/viennalarouge I do love making hats, but that one was just too pretty to pass up!
VictorianKitty - It really varies about how long it takes to make a costume. At least a couple months bec. I'm mostly working on weekends (I find it hard to sew much after work; not enough time!). If you add how long it takes to source materials, well, some of these outfits take years & years to make ;-)
SQUEE!!! Winterhalter and Eugenie! *swoon* *die* You just made my art historical heart leap with joy!!! These outfits are so gorgeous!!! Ingres would have just hugged you!!! Me too!ReplyDelete
Wow, those costumes are incredible! Your re-creation of the dress in the Winterhalter portrait is divine and def my favourite look. You're so talented! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing these divine dresses! And I can't wait to see what you use that AWESOME black lace on!!!!!ReplyDelete
Le Professeur Gothique - The Winterhalter portrait project was truly epic, what with wrangling all those ladies, & me doing an era that was not my forte. TONS of handsewing. Felt great to win the top award on top of it all too :-)ReplyDelete
The Irish Phantom Cat - Thanks so much.
GothBarbie - I may have a chance to use the black lace this year. More projects are brewing...