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Topic: Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress)  (Read 8264 times)
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Donella
« on: July 29, 2011 02:56:29 PM »

I just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Costume making and this was my final project. I decided to replicate a 1827-9 wedding dress from Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" book, but I didn't want to make it as a wedding dress. The dress has so many beautiful details and I felt they got lost when everything was ivory coloured. So I decided to turn it into a day dress and choose different colours. I spent a lot of time researching and sourcing the right fabrics and colours for this period and ended up spending WAY more on materials than intended... But I reckon it was totally worth it. I went to Gloucester Folk Museum to study the original dress in order to recreate the dress historially accurate, but when I came to actually make the dress, I had to compromise a bit on account of using different fabrics and working with a different size as well. I wanted the dress to fit a modern person, namely my little sister. This dress featured in our Graduate Exhibition where I won the prize for the best exhibited costume Smiley





Illustration of the original dress:



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Making the sleeves:


Making the bodice:


Determining the size and shape of the collar and then making it:




Attaching the bottom frill:


Finished for hand-in:







« Last Edit: July 29, 2011 02:57:02 PM by Donella » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011 03:02:06 PM »

Beautiful details. I love the fabric you used
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011 03:23:50 PM »

absolutely stunning.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011 04:47:09 PM »

Amazing, incredible amount of detail! 
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011 05:50:10 PM »

That is beautiful! How long did it take for you to make it?
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011 08:08:07 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2011 11:58:39 PM »

Wow, this rocks on so many levels! An amazing project Grin I think you chose the perfect colors and materials and I'm loving the massive a mount of detail. It truly captures the feeling and look of the era. Also, I am in awe of the patience you must have exercised to make this, it must have taken forever...Did you use a sewing machine or did you incorporate handstitching?
It absolutely deserved first place. Congratulations!
I simply need to know what school will teach one those skills! 
 
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2011 12:17:28 AM »

Thank you everyone Smiley

Wow, this rocks on so many levels! An amazing project Grin I think you chose the perfect colors and materials and I'm loving the massive a mount of detail. It truly captures the feeling and look of the era. Also, I am in awe of the patience you must have exercised to make this, it must have taken forever...Did you use a sewing machine or did you incorporate handstitching?
It absolutely deserved first place. Congratulations!
I simply need to know what school will teach one those skills! 
 

I spent approximately 2.5 months on making it. There's a mix of machine and hand sewing. As much as I wanted to do it completely historical with no machining, I was working to a dead-line and simply did not have the time. There's approx. 15 metres of bias binding in silk satin on the bottom frill, 5 of which have been rolled over wadding to make it round and hard. Everything on the frill have been hand-stitched. This took ages! On the collar, sleeves and cuffs there's approx 15 metres of piping (with the smallest piping cord I could get). This was machined on, but then handstitched down on the back of the collar/cuffs. And the piped bands on the sleeves were also handstitched. All the finishings inside are hand-stitched, from the armhole seam allowance, to attaching and lining the waistband, attaching the collar, fastenings, lace etc. I used the machine to put together all the skirt-panels, side and shoulder seam on the bodice and putting the sleeves together. But this has still been done as the original, with french seams. There are no raw edges and no overlock-seams anywhere, that was very important to me.

I went to The Arts University College at Bournemouth in England. The course is called Costume with Performance Design Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2011 04:15:19 AM »

Wow. 2 and a half months is still much faster than I imagined Grin I have the deepest respect for people, who do things "right". I have a piece of late 19th century clothing that desperately needs fixing lying around, and I've been avoiding it.... Thank you for the information on the school, I'll remember that ( just in case)  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2011 07:10:06 PM »

Wow!  Shocked That's some sewing talents!
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