1912 toilette de bal Mode de la Illustree no. 49, 1912
The 'toilette de bal' as Mode Ilustree refers to it, is described thus:
The young woman who is called to the fashionable life will have a choice with this evening dress, between a ball gown and a business-like gown. As the former, its very becoming to a charming lady when furnished with a silk lace veil and skungs,(?) it can then be used later as a dress for dinner or meetings;
This gown can be made in brocade with a lace underskirt; the blouse, with a low decollete, is furnished with plain satin and old point lace.The coat which accompanies these gowns is very practical because it will serve at the same time as a coat for visits and evening coat, make it out of patterned velvet with satin trimming and bubble(?) ganses(?)
I don't speak French with any ease, let alone read archaic French, so I used BabbleFish as my translator and the old fashion language and sewing words threw it somewhat, but you get the gist I am sure!
I will blog the gown progress as I go, so far my 'apprentice'* has drafted out the pattern. These patterns are like Burda magazine patterns sheets, various garments overlaid on each other, with lots of lines cris crossing each and its an 'interesting' task to locate your pattern's lines, follow them and trace them off.
So over these summer holidays she has traced off the pattern, cut it out as a test toile and today she put the pieces together, with help from me, but nearly all her own initiative, remember there is no pattern instructions, she's done well!
|close-up of gown back|
|Gown back, love the train|
|Proud of her accomplishment and rightly so!|