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1826 Spanish Evening Dress

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YWU 16 imp runThis is an 1826 Spanish evening dress made from a fashion plate that can be found in “Ackermann's Repository”.

I got the assignment to make this full garment with undergarments and all the accessories with a budget maximum of UK£250. It was intended as a theatre costume, whilst also being as  accurate as possible.

 

Corset

The corset is a "divorce" type with wooden busk in center front, plus hip and breast gussets. It is made with two layers of coutil. The top of the corset is cut very low and the straps go over the shoulders because the dress is off-the-shoulder.

Chemise

Under the corset there is a very normal straight cut chemise, which made it easier to keep the other garments clean.

Petticoat

Because of the slightly higher waistline at the time, the petticoat is worn higher than the natural waistline and very often it would have a bodice petticoat. However, due to the off-the-shoulder cut of the dress there was no point in having a bodice. What I ended up doing was attaching bars to the corset and hooks to the waistband of the petticoat so it would stay up. I also made a padded hem for it so that it would help give the skirt that extra kick out.

Dress

The dress is made from satin with a little bit of gold ribbon on the decoration on the sleeves to give the dress a little more than just the same colour on everything. The off-the-shoulder style forced me to think throughout the process - it could not to be too heavy, and I had to make sure it was tight at the neckline so as not to fall off. Because it was made as a theatre costume I decided to make fake buttons on the front and have hooks in the back to make it quicker to put on. Considering the decoration all over the dress, that ended up being a smart choice.

Accessories

The hat was a little tricky to make because I was not sure how the strange pile of fabric was sitting on it - I only had the front view. Covering the crown of the hat seemed to be a good solution. The feathers that were used at that time were from birds that no longer exist, so I had to try to dye one. Then I painted it to make it look like the brush strokes that are in on the fashion plate. I painted a wooden fan black and hand stitched a handkerchief to complete the whole thing.

I am very happy with the final result and it looked really good on stage.

 

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aylwen  
  The trim on your dress is superb and it has a special regal look about it.  
 
romanticmedicine  
  Such nice details!  
 
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torunn  
  The trimming is vert god, nice. It looks realt nice and fits the model.  
 
jenniechancey  
Sumptuous!   The fabric is wonderful, and all the detailed trimming makes this picture perfect. Well done!  
 
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Richard T. Herr  
  I love the trim! The dress is absolutely gorgeous! The hat is lovely!  
 
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jeanette  
  Nice details, must have taken some time.  
 
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pollyanna  
Luscious luxury   Your outfit is wonderful - so sumptuous and luxurious. The pearl colour looks like it would be perfect for a candlelit dinner or ball, and I wish I could see it in real life as I bet all those intricate details on the skirt would look amazing as your walked and moved around. We don't often see outfits from this era reconstructed but you've done a sterling job here, right down to the corset. You deserve to be very proud of your creation!  
 

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