Friday, June 17, 2016

A Golden Gown


Ah, another UFO down. Feeling satisfied!

I started this one last summer. I had just gotten the At the Sign of the Golden Scissors pattern for an English Gown. I grabbed some silk and got moving. Returning to this, almost a year later, I realized I only ever had six yards of the silk. I don't know how I eeked a fully trimmed, matching-striped gown and petticoat out of only six yards. 

Oh, wait, yes I do. I pieced the crap out of it. But I love that, so it's fine :)


As per usual, I started by following the pattern, and then swiftly detoured away. I made it a closed front. I added cuffs from another pattern, I never checked if the pattern showed a polonaise option, but I did that, too. The pattern instructions were great for reference and information, though. I also referenced some extant gowns I have in my collection. That was extremely helpful! If I have learned anything from extant pieces, it's that they're generally put together much messier than I would want for my own sewing. It seemed like the faster I tried to put together the dress, the better it looked. The imperfections added charm.


All in all, I'm rather jazzed by it. And extremely jazzed that I got it out of only six yards (part of the petticoat was sacrificed for this). I wasn't originally planning on trimming it, because I liked the back neckline, but nearing the end of the fabric, I was curious to see just how far the yardage would go. I was able to trim it, by cutting up the leftover cabbage. Some pieces were only about two inches long!



And here's all that's left. I was so tempted to use the rest, but I couldn't think how to do it in good taste. 


So, if I don't finish the gown I really want for the gala next month, I have a pretty good back up! Yay!

14 comments:

  1. It's so lovely. Colors, silhouette, pattern - everything works together perfectly. Can't wait to see it on you :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope to find time soon to take some proper pictures in it.

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  2. How lovely! Maybe that cabbage should adorn a hat?
    Post pix of it being worn, please!
    Nancy N

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    1. Ooh maybe! I never throw the leftovers out, so I'm sure they will appear on something one day.

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  3. When I make something like that, the lining is totally different, and basically reversable. Just as easy. Just a thought.

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    1. Yes, there are many ways to line a garment, which often are quicker. For me, however, the joy comes in recreating historical garments the most historically accurate way possible, to the best of my knowledge. In the 18th century, this way of mounting the gown fabric on the lining would have been the way it was done. However, if I was making a costume for theater, etc, a modern lining could easily be used.

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  4. I really love it, such gorgeous colors. And how satisfying to squeeze every last drop out of that golden fabric!

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    1. Thanks! Right! I love eeking out every last scrap! I've had this fabric for ages! It was nice to finally use it.

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  5. Marvelous job! This is such gorgeous fabric.
    -Emily

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  7. Love how you used the Golden Scissors pattern and played with it. The piecing was super and boy, that's an inspiration to us who have trouble affording good silk. I'd piece any day to get to use the good stuff.
    Very best,
    natalie in KY

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