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« on: November 11, 2010 04:55:42 PM »



One of my many crafty hobbies is costuming and I decided to go all out last year to make an 18th century gown. I found a beautiful peacock colored silk taffeta and knew I had to have an embroidered front panel. The picture above is what it looked like before being turned into a stomacher, which is an interchangeable front panel for 18th century gowns.

It took me just shy of three months to complete and is completely satin stitched with 100% silk floss. The design is loosely based on a period print of a peacock but the final drawing is mine. This is me in the finished gown:

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010 05:03:07 PM »

Stunning!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010 05:39:30 PM »

Amazing!  The colors are perfect Smiley

Just out of curiosity, how is the panel interchangeable?  Does it slide or pin or something?
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010 06:27:51 PM »

Wow, what a beautiful piece.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010 08:12:44 PM »

Gorgeous! That would be beautiful on a long skirt or the back of a jacket in more modern clothes too! I was wondering the same thing as peihan17. How is it interchangeable?
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010 05:23:02 AM »

This is beyond gorgeous! What beautiful work you do. I'm totally wisting this.  Oh, and this rocks.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010 10:59:55 AM »

Gorgeous! That would be beautiful on a long skirt or the back of a jacket in more modern clothes too! I was wondering the same thing as peihan17. How is it interchangeable?
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The stomacher was either sewn (basted) into the dress or pinned. The gown itself goes on like a robe, its open in the front and the stomacher covers the corset (covering the gap at the front of the dress), while the skirt stays open to show off the fancy petticoat underneath. Stomachers could be encrusted with jewels and precious metals or embroidery--- or sometimes just ruffles or bows.

Wikipedia has a pretty decent article about them, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomacher
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010 12:24:07 PM »

Lovely work!
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010 05:51:44 PM »

Thanks everyone!

ARMP is right - the stomacher is usually basted or pinned into the front of the gown. 18th century trimming and stomachers were designed to be ripped out and changed to match the changing fashions.
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2010 01:17:43 AM »

that is EPIC! *awed*
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