|A XIX. század divatjai. Collection Geszler. - Die Moden des XIX. Jahrhunderts|
For challenge #1 for the Historical Sew Fortnightly I am creating the pattern and toile for the 1813 blue gown in the centre of the image on the left. This fits in nicely with my JAFA Costuming Challenge to create an 1813 gown for the Jane Austen Festival Australia in April this year to celebrate the bicentennial of Jane Austen's, Pride and Prejudice.
Its nice to be able to complete two challenges with the same outfit, win win all round!
My lovely wife gave me 10 metres of blue silk taffeta for Christmas to make this gown and the pelisse on the left. I hope to also make the white dress under the pelisse and a version of the yellow gown on the right, but in a different colour, as yellow and I clash badly!
- Norah Waugh, The cut of women's clothes 1600-1930
- Nancy Bradfield, Costume in detail 1730 - 1930
- Sarah Jane Downing, Fashion in the time of Jane Austen
- A XIX. század divatjai. Collection Geszler. - Die Moden des XIX. Jahrhunderts
- Jean Hunnisett, Period costume for stage & screen: patterns for women's dress 1800-1909
- Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction c. 1660-1860
I trawled the web like a madwoman and pinned the results to my 1813 Pinterest board.
I spent an afternoon draping my bodice. I decided to keep the same V-neck front and back as there were other European fashion drawings with front V-necks in 1813. Bodices were extremely high at this period in Europe, they sat at the underarm.
I think I have the style, I pleated the centre back to get the ruched looked.
I created a mock trim and added a sleeve to get a better feel.
Not sure I'm pleased with it, think I may add the back ruching.
Back to the research, I really want the bodice front depicted in the 1813 French gown below, supposedly the first wedding gown with veil depicted in the 19th century.
In Norah Waugh's The cut of women's clothes, I found a bodice that would work. The style is 1803, 10 years earlier, but it gives me the shape I am want and I can tweak it happily.
Here is my paper mock-up.
Here is my new design of the bodice and I'm much more satisfied with it.
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I'm The Tailor's Apprentice and I have created The Miss Page Vintage Pattern Collection. 1940s WWII dress making patterns for the 21st century woman. Patterns created by me from my extant 1940s gowns. All my patterns are available on Etsy and my website where you'll find out more about me as well. This year I am publishing an 1820s gown wardrobe pattern.