18th century, 1792 zone front gown made for PEERS
Scarlet Pimpernel Ball in February 2009. Reworn to GBACG Duchess of Devonshire Tea in February 2010.
Inspiration was from a March 1792 print.
ChemiseCotton chemise, bias tape drawstring neck.
StaysDouble coutil, champagne silk on cotton, corset boned with oval/flat cane. Front and back lacing edges have metal bones. Buttonholes for straight lacing lined with polyester white ribbon.
Pattern based on: JP Ryan Stays
BumrollGray cotton twill stuffed with polyfill, buttonholes at ends, white grossgrain ribbon ties
PetticoatBlue home decorator silk cartridge pleated onto 2" waistband, 8" hem. Deep pleat near back sides to simulate back overskirt.
Length front: 39"
Length back: 42"
Hem Circumference: 217"
BodiceBlue home decorator silk bodice with back peplum, long sleeves. White silk front triangle area. Pearl-look and goldtone buttons down center and on sleeve cuffs. Gray twill lining bodice, white cotton interlining and gray polyester satin lining for sleeves.
Pattern based on: internet image of 1790s pattern for a women's jacket from Karl Kohler's Kostumekunde. Drew pattern shapes directly on the twill lining without paper pattern or mockup.
ShoesOld ballroom shoes covered to look like court shoes. Blue home decorator silk, buttons, polyester white ribbon.
1792 Scarlet Pimpernel Gown Recap
Well, didn't quite get done as much as I wanted to. Not enough time to make another petticoat underneath to help soften the bumroll and keep the skirt from sinking inwards. The chemise was basically a large rectangle with a neck hole, bias tape drawstring and sides sewn up but no sleeves. Only one shoe covered.
If I wear this dress again, I should:
- Add boning or try something to the front to prevent wrinkles. Unfortunately dress form doesn't curve quite the same way as I do with corset.
- Make a ficchu
- Possibly redo the peplum. Tear out and do better pleating. Or add a big bow or something
- Make an under petticoat
- If dancing, may need to shorten skirt by 2". Was stepping on the back.
- Reduce the width of the sleeves. I hate tearing apart and redoing things, but the undersleeve portion needs to be smaller. If the sleeve is reduced then another piece may need to be added to the bodice under the arms because the armhole would be reduced. Bleh.
- Finish chemise, possibly adding ruffles to the end that would show below sleeve.
- Finish other shoe cover and either glue to shoe or add leather or something to the bottom to keep the toe from riding up. Or find new shoes. These shoes are kind of old and need new insoles. I should just commit to turning them into shoes for this dress and then I could glue fabric right to shoe
- Make pockets and side slits or add hidden pockets to skirt
- Make placket for skirt closure
- Make a hat
- Figure out better hair or maybe wig for non dancing event
Haven't taken photos of all the pieces, yet. A couple photos from The Scarlet Pimpernel Ball.
Scarlet Pimpernel Started
Started the Scarlet Pimpernel dress tonight. Not sure such a good idea as now I will try to finish it and there may not be enough time especially if I try it on at least once before going to the dance. Used the full six yards for the skirt and do not look forward to hemming and pleating.
Completed: February 2009