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Saturday, June 9, 2012

60s take on the 18th century

I spend a lot of time mooching about on Etsy and I recently found this dress.
It's a divine emerald green 1960s homage to those lovely dresses of the 18th century. 
I love the sweet train falling from the shoulders - so very 60s and yet so reminiscent of the Robe a la francaise.
I just wish it was my size - because then it would be MINE! Check it out all the photos on Etsy now. 
How the owner can bear to part with it I don't know. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Black skirt with a train

Yes wellll I was truly going to buy the Truly Victorian pattern for the Bell skirt but then I realised I didn't want the volume around my rear end - because this isn't to be actually Victorian but rather more steam punk which gives me a whole lot more latitude.  
So I bought a regular bridal pattern with a train which I am cutting down to a skirt.  I bought yards and yards of black shot taffeta - well it's supposed to be shot but I can't see any other colour in it.  It was however the nicest of the taffetas.  
Why am I making a steam punk outfit?  Well I have a tophat and I decided I wanted something to wear it with.  And a long black skirt with train sounded just right!
I was in fact, inspired by a movie.  "The Vacillations of Poppy Carew" based on the Mary Wesley book features a Victorian style funeral cortege - complete with horse drawn hearse, mutes etc etc.  
Late actress Charlotte Coleman ( you probably remember her better as Scarlett in Four Weddings and a Funeral) was dressed in a Victorian mourning ensemble which took my fancy.    But being me,  I wanted my own twist on it.  
And I would like to pin it out today and cut it out but my sister is visiting with the dog which means the floor is out of bounds for me.  le sigh