I’m finally getting around to that detailed post I promised.
And really, it all started with this trim:
I inherited it from a friend of mine and have more than I know what to do with. So I thought “why don’t I use this for my next project?’ The only problem was that this trim is an extremely unusual color combination and I had to find two colors that would complement not only the each other but also the trim.
So I got out the swatches I have from fabrics-store.com and held the trim up to each color until I found a match. The lucky winners were Tawny Port and Sphinx. Sphinx goes with just about everything.
So I got to work and altered an existing pattern that I happened to own. I took the under gown pattern and altered it so that it laces up the sides (spiral lacing), added triangular gores in the front, back and sides of the skirt and gave it a notched neckline. Thus we have my under gown in Sphinx:
Then I took that same pattern and changed the neckline to a wide v-neck and gave the sleeves a hanging bell shape characteristic of the bliaut. I used the Tawny Port for the over gown. I lined the over gown sleeves with the Sphinx linen and trimmed the neckline, sleeves and hem with my nearly-impossible-to-match trim. I mean really, bright turquoise and copper…..almost nothing goes with that combination.
Boy does it pop! The belt I got from my favorite trim supplier.
Here’s a close-up:
So here are some full length pictures of the gown:
Eventually I’ll get better pictures of me actually in it, but for now this will have to do.