How to Make
by
Create the Mood

1859 ball gown
under construction

I rarely use commercial patterns but research original items, look at pattern books by recognised authorities and check small details by looking at online auctions of originals and paintings, and going to museums. These are the techniques I am using to make this multi-layered outfit.

inspiration

 

 

 

 

August 1860
Godeys Ladies Book
from a miniature painting

crinoline shape

1852
Queen Isabella II of Spain, by Winterhalter
1860's
Queen Isabella II of Spain

overbodice and stomacher

1864
from a miniature painting
by Eugen Felix

 
1851-3
Princess Boglie by Ingres

1853

back decoration

1864
rosette and loops
1865
surface decoration became more exaggerated as the years went on

jewellery

1859 Mrs Ingres
 
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last updated 9 October, 2012