The weather is getting better – or maybe I’m just getting used to it – sewing inspiration is back!
So, projects. I will be making something like this, I already have taffeta of similar pink. I have some light blue/mint fabrics that may look good for the robe, but I kind of like the yellow. I have a bit of yellow silk, but it may be too modern hue, and not enough of it perhaps. So I guess, need to visit the fabric store and get yellow synthetic taffeta. I know I know, synthetic, but it looks nice and cuts the budget.
I kind of like the 4/5 sleeves, exiting touch, longer than “regular” 18th century, yet shorten than regular nowadays. Though, in the fear of someone thinking that this is a mistake instead of style choice, I may end up with the elbow length with ruffles anyway, as I plan on selling the dress. Also, I am going to draft a basic pattern for a few dress sizes bigger than my usual model, an example that I can make clothes in different sizes. I know I wouldn’t be confident ordering custom made clothing from someone who only showcases clothes worn by skinny models…
I also have enough of this fabric to make another “robe a l’anglaise” or polonaise like this (up to size L), but I always felt the pattern is a bit too… Victorian. Unfortunately, not enough fabric to make that sort of early victorian flowing dresses. So, I don’t know. This original dress did sell quite quickly though, so maybe they weren’t so snob about the pattern, or maybe they wore it with Victorian dress underneath. Who knows.