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Topic: 1857 Evening Gown - A work in progress (NOW DONE!!)  (Read 19778 times)
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« on: March 27, 2008 09:30:08 PM »

Hello again all!

We've just kicked off to a whole new year of Theatre Costume at my college and as a second year student, our class has started our major project piece, which is to be completed by August, in time for our annual showcase.

Our theme this year is to make costumes for one of the scenes in the opera La Traviata, to be set in 1857 and we are to make evening gowns (yay!)

As I go by in the next few months, I thought I might post pictures of the completed costume pieces for all to see.

So we have done our research, and my teacher has approved this design, which I found in the book by Pepin Press "Fashion Design, 1850-1895"

This bodice, with the skirt below

I've finished my hoop skirt, which is on the bottom layer, and a petticoat goes over the top. There's 21metres of crinoline wire (enamel coated sprung steel) which cost me $95AU, about 3.5m white cotton drill, and 25m of white cotton tape, which was $7. The petticoat is actually white, but there was a storm coming, and the light wasn't so great.

The petticoat will be up next, made from 20m of stiff taffeta, at $10.90AU a metre. I've almost finished it, so it shouldn't be too long!

Update 29/05/08

Finally, here is the petticoat!

I finished it a fair while ago, but haven't had the opportunity to take and upload some pics!

As you can see the bottom layers are closer together than the top, this is because they have one 11cm tuck between each of them. This is so I can use this petticoat in the future on someone of a different height and just unpick the tucks and resew them rather than making a whole new petticoat.

Next update should be the skirt and peplum!

Update 27/11/08

Oh dear! I realise it has been over 6 months since I last posted for this project! It was finished in August, but I have been waiting patiently for my college to give us a copy of the professional photos taken at our annual show.

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2008 09:35:49 PM »

Ooooh I cant wait to see the rest!

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2008 02:59:44 AM »

Gorgeous, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008 05:09:20 AM »

Keep posting your progress, it's going great so far! 
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2008 05:29:18 AM »

i cant wait to see more! i love the inspiration

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2008 10:16:36 AM »

I want to wear it! Haha! My friend and I "stole" hoop skirts from the stage when our high school was doing the play Little Women and wore them around the gym during P.E.  Shocked (I really don't remember how that came about...I was the stuffiest rule-following nerd in my school...so it was kind of out of character!  Roll Eyes)  It was great fun to run and jump onto the crash mats so the hoop would go flying over our heads. Since then, I've always loved hoop skirts!

Yours is very impresive!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2008 11:03:54 AM »

Wow, that looks like a LOT of work!   Shocked

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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008 12:51:10 PM »

VERY nice work!

LOL, when I was little, my mom got remarried, and her dress had a hoop.  I would go to the storage shed in the backyard, and wear that hoopskirt for dressup!  I loved it so much!  Is it any wonder I became a historic reenactor?   Cheesy

Please post your progress, I want to see how this one comes out!  So pretty!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2008 02:15:17 PM »

The design looks so interesting, I can't wait to see the progress and final result!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2008 03:59:09 PM »

that is going to be so so beautiful!
you are doing a great job already
can't want to see the finished gown! Cheesy
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