Jenny La Fleur
my muse is decked out in 18th century - Jenny La Fleur
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my muse is decked out in 18th century

Yes!!!

I just wrangled Mom's share of the black silk taffeta in the stash. So my black Robe à la Française is officially a go. I don't know why but I've gotten my heart set on making a Robe à la Française for the Française Dinner and Costume College next year. Maybe because my attempt with a synthetic taffeta last January went so badly. Or so many of my friends are making one this year (or did last year) - I am a sheep.

Black honestly isn't my first choice but I'm poor and the only silk taffeta I have of any quantity in the stash is black so it's black or no Française. So black it is. I have found a few portraits of black gowns but it seems to be wishy-washy whether they are mourning or not. All the references I'm finding for black fabrics being specifically for mourning are matte blacks, not shiny ones like my taffeta. I am finding lots of black accessories which surprised me a bit so black was clearly fashionable that way. I'm not doing living history anymore so I'm not sure I care but in general I like to know when I'm entering a "gray" area in my costuming.

I actually have some really great black trims in the stash for this and I'm getting really excited about the possibilities, whether I can document them or not. I've just resigned myself that it won't ever photograph well and I'll be a black void in candlelight. Still it will look awesome with my RED hair at Costume COllege, and if I add enough spangles I can live with being a sparkly void... :>


So not only is my sewing muse making her presence known again she is very much decked out in 18th century, specifically the 1770s. I'm just in the mood again and have been having way too much fun researching. Lately I've been looking at 1770s images/garments thinking - that really is cute and I need that. Not that I'm abandoning my beloved 1780s and it's awesome hedgehogs and long sleeves completely but it's time for something different I think.


If money were no object I would totally make every outfit in the "Sharp Family" by Zoffany for CosCol next year. Wouldn't that be fun? Instead I'm going to be inspired by it (and some of his other family paintings) and make at least a Robe à la Française, a Riding Habit, a mantlette, a pouf wig of doom and some of those ridiculous caps to go a top it for next year.

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mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: September 3rd, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh! I LOVE the sound of you as a 'sparkly void'! are you aiming to have it for March? (please say yes!) and I can't wait to see the rest of your plans!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 3rd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Of course! Defineitly a dual-purpose deal this frock!
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: September 3rd, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Awesome plans! I was looking at Zoffany paintings just the other day, thinking they were very 18th c costuming inspiring.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm becoming a big fan of Zoffany - it's really interesting to see the family groups and all the different style worn at the same time.
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC) (link)
I think he included that dog in his paintings as a trademark/signature, too! I've been trying to spot it.

isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC) (link)
It's an anglaise but it is black!

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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC) (link)
So pretty! It's a black and multi-color brocade though, not plain black like my fabric. Still some proof that black was not just for mourning I'd like to think...
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm pretty sure the 18th century is catching. Even when you think you've gotten over it, it flares up again ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 3rd, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC) (link)
It's true. It goes into remission occasionally but you are never really free of it once infected...
butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: September 4th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) (link)
Aye aye. It mutates occasionally and then spreads again like wildfire amongst us. I sense a pandemic 2013 ahead.... ;)
!!
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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 4th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC) (link)
The 2013 pandemic of 18th century awesomeness... I can so get behind that! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: September 4th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes! Its official! I'm so glad you are joining the francaise club!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 4th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I was starting to feel a little left out... :P
peacockdress From: peacockdress Date: September 5th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC) (link)
If money were no object I would totally make every outfit in the "Sharp Family" by Zoffany for CosCol next year. Wouldn't that be fun?

Group project. You know you want to. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 9th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh that is a fun idea except I want to make them all myself so I don't know how I would choose just one! :>
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: September 9th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm so excited to watch this come to life, because you're combining so many of my favourite things (1770s, Robe à la Française, black silk)!!! This is going to be exquisite, and so much fun to observe. :D
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: September 9th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (link)
P.S. I've finally gotten to watch Portrait of a Lady, and I swear I remember some costumer making this dress, but I'll be darned if I can find it anywhere online. I'd remembered it as being made by Jen from Festive Attyre, but if memory is not serving me, perhaps you could please shed some light on this mystery?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 9th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC) (link)
No not Jen - it was Michela De Bruce. Her page on it is here:
http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/19thc/bella.htm
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: September 10th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC) (link)
I knew you'd know! Thank you! :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 9th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm super excited about it!
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