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Topic: Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress)  (Read 8465 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:


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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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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2011 07:17:00 AM »

Amazing work and well deserved recognition! 
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2011 10:25:08 AM »

Wow, that is beautiful. the details are so authentic looking. How awesome that you did all that research and won the prize, no doubt you will do well for yourself =)
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2011 01:34:59 PM »

This is so gorgeous! I especially love the collar!
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2011 06:00:23 PM »

You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2011 06:56:47 PM »

The fabrics are beautiful and the piece looks amazing!
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2011 12:34:56 AM »

Amazing!! My sister wore a reproduction 1820 wedding gown at her wedding. The seamstress said she would never do it again since it was such a monumental task. Your dress is breathtaking.
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2011 06:11:20 AM »

Beautifully done!
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2011 06:57:29 AM »

gorgeous, and the colours are beautiful, and the patterns so authentic.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2011 07:08:39 AM »

Can I just say, WOW this is amazing! It looks like you stepped off a fashion plate. This definitely rocks.
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2011 07:43:21 AM »

very pretty dress !
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2011 12:08:50 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous project!
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Donella
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2011 12:58:38 AM »

Thank you all so much <3

Amazing!! My sister wore a reproduction 1820 wedding gown at her wedding. The seamstress said she would never do it again since it was such a monumental task. Your dress is breathtaking.

Thank you Smiley It was definitely a monumental task! I thought I would never finish all the bias binding on the frill... and those small brown bands on the frill had me almost pulling out my hair just trying to figure out how to do them.... But it was all worth it at the end Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2011 02:48:21 PM »

I meant to ask if you were allowed to touch the original dress when you were given permission to study it. ?

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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2011 12:47:44 AM »

I meant to ask if you were allowed to touch the original dress when you were given permission to study it. ?



I could touch it, but I had to wear gloves the whole time. And I had to be very careful when handling it.
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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2011 05:31:21 PM »

This is amazing! You look so awesome and this style is hard to pull off. I love it! Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2011 09:07:18 PM »

Wow, so fantastic! As Indiana Jones once said, "That belongs in a museum!" And congratulations on your graduation!
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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2011 02:43:01 PM »

Just amazing! Your are incredibly talented! Grin
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2011 01:53:36 AM »

Spectacular!
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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2011 11:39:43 AM »

This is absolutely gorgeous ! Well done !  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2011 04:06:39 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous. I am in awe. Beats my poor sewing skills to death. Where did you go to school? Amazing. Good luck with future endeavors. Are you heading to project runway?
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« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2011 03:15:32 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous. I am in awe. Beats my poor sewing skills to death. Where did you go to school? Amazing. Good luck with future endeavors. Are you heading to project runway?

Thank you so much Smiley I took a BA in Costume making at The Arts University College at Bournemouth Smiley I'm not planning to enter the Project Runway. Fashion isn't really my thing.. But I love watching it on Tv Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2011 01:26:52 AM »

I...oh..oh I am in love completely. Such lovely work and detail. So many ruffles and puffs. =3
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Very lovely. You did an amazing job on it!
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« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2012 09:13:30 AM »

Why hi there, fellow AUCB student, I'm from the year below yours, so I'm about to graduate this year too.  Anyway, amazing work, I remember seeing it around the studio last year!
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« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2012 12:59:31 PM »

Why hi there, fellow AUCB student, I'm from the year below yours, so I'm about to graduate this year too.  Anyway, amazing work, I remember seeing it around the studio last year!

Well, hello to you too, fellow AUCB student Smiley Thank you Smiley I hope you're EMP/MP is going well Smiley I remember how stressed out I was a year ago.. Best of luck Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: August 02, 2012 02:50:26 PM »

This is so awesome. I love it!

On a really nerdy point, it made me really happy to read that you went to a museum to study the original! I work in the costume & textile department at a museum in Norwich and we get so few uni students using the collections and resources we have available, despite having an art college offering fashion courses in the city! It's really great to hear of someone using museum costume as inspiration! Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2012 03:53:48 AM »

This is so awesome. I love it!

On a really nerdy point, it made me really happy to read that you went to a museum to study the original! I work in the costume & textile department at a museum in Norwich and we get so few uni students using the collections and resources we have available, despite having an art college offering fashion courses in the city! It's really great to hear of someone using museum costume as inspiration! Cheesy

Thank you Smiley

From one nerd to another Smiley
Using the museum and the original dress as research was my favorite part of the project - apart from seeing my finished dress on my model of course Smiley It was almost like a rush to stand there and study this really old dress and I kept trying to imagine the person who made it and the bride who wore it Smiley It was also really interesting to see technical solutions I hadn't considered before. I would have really loved to work in a textile/costume department in a museum Smiley It's a real shame that students aren't using the resources more..
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