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delving into Robe à la Turque

So the general consensus is that this garment should be called a Robe à la Turque. Paired with a Chemise á la Reine, it seems to be a later or more informal lounge-around-the-chateau version of the more typical Robe à la Turque, but it's a gown in the Turkish style none the less.

I found a fabulous repro by The Lady of Portland House Blog that I found very inspiring. I love the way she did the back, very similar to the 1795 open robe in Janet Arnold. In progress pics can be found here and the finished outfit is here.

So I'm definitely going to make one of these gowns this year but I want to get some of the projects I've already started sorted out a bit first, so I won't be starting it for a little while. Barring an attack of CADD of course. :>

As usual the project started with a fabric. This time it's a lovely silk that bauhausfrau was kind enough to give me. It's really gorgeous but with only 4 yards my options are limited. I originally thought it should be a jacket but honestly the colors are a little funky (great for my coloring but funky) and trying find coordinating fabric for a petticoat would be a nightmare. So I started thinking what else could I do with it when this style came to mind. I love my Bee robe so why not make a similar style to change-up my Chemise á la Reine, which I love but am tired of wearing in its current incarnation. Luckily the fabric coordinates nicely with the Chemise á la Reine, all I need is a new sash! *is excited*


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fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: August 19th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh! I'm so excited by this!! Yay!
And what a neat blog! Thanks for the heads up :)
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: August 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (link)
These are lovely. I know Steph and Lauren, both from the Regency Society of America boards They have lots of pretty Regency events there in Oregon.
Your Bee robe was gorgeous, and that's a great one to reproduce.
Wow, that's quite a mouthful, "this is my Robe à la Turque with a Chemise á la Reine". :D
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: August 19th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Ah, so you can wear it over your chemise dress! I get it! That's awesome, a great way to change up an existing outfit.
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: August 20th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC) (link)
Oh, I look forward to see this gown! (I agree with the concensus too)
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 21st, 2009 01:00 am (UTC) (link)
Pretty, pretty striped fabric! And certainly right for your strange coloring. You and Katherine can pull off those greens that would make most people look seriously ill. ;P
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm excited to see how it comes out. Thanks for the compliments about my robe :-) God Bless! Lauren

The Lady of Portland House
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC) (link)

painter 11

Hi this is amazing site! really perfect and it will be a new inspirations for me
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