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Diana AruaDiana AruaDiana AruaDiana AruaYWU 16 imp winDiana Arua

 

When I found out that one of this year's competition themes was "Unloved fashions of history" I immediately knew that I wanted to try and make a dress from the Romantic era. I have always thought the fashion styles back then were beautiful in a very ugly way. So, when I stumbled across this fashion plate from 1830, I chose to use it as my inspiration for a dress, as all the little details jumped out at me.

I started off using a “Truly Victorian” pattern, altering it to fit my needs and wishes. The dress is made of green cotton, with quite a lot of cotton piping around the belt and hem and inside the tabs at the lower part of the dress. It was made as a one-piece dress with a hook and eye closure at the back. The hardest part was to figure out how to get the pleats to stay in the position that I wanted them to stay in. I had to alter the dress a couple of times till I felt it looked right.

The gown is worn over a cotton muslin chemise, long corded stays, a corded petticoat, a ruffled and heavily starched muslin petticoat, a white cotton petticoat with lace trimmed hem and wool-filled sleeve supports.

Along with the dress, I made the hairpiece that can be seen in the fashion plate, using the same fabric that I had been using for the gown.

I really like the way the dress turned out in the end. So far I haven’t had a chance to wear it, but I hope I will have a chance to wear it soon at a Biedermeier festival in Germany.

 

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aylwen
I love this dress, its colour and trims, your underpinnings and your hair style!
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Oh, I love it! You've really captured the spirit of my favourite unloved fashion. I was also very tempted to go for 1830's, but freaked out at the idea of making all the underpinnings for the costume too. Well done!
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saraquill
I salute you for making a corded petticoat, and having the patience to make that and all those trims.
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sarah coombs
I love your detail work...that takes so much time and effort!
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Amazing...
This is absolutely fabulous, down to the internal sleeve puffs! You have nailed the entire silhouette so perfectly. Brava!
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saharazara
This is gorgeous. All the detail work is beautiful - on both the underpinnings and dress. Wonderful work!
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gidgetjo
Beautiful. i really love the color and the beautiful detail work.
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Richard T. Herr
An amazing work of art. You copied that fashion plate with pristine detail! Bravo! I love the hat it is exquisite.
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Your work is beautiful! From head to toe,it takes my breath away! Well done!
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Atomix Onyx
You definitely did a fantastic job bringing this lost fashion to life...and it's not at all ugly. It's unique beauty and style! Well done! Brava!

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