Jenny La Fleur
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back to the 18th century

I was feeling inspired to work on some 18th century last night so I started work on what will become my red silk robe à l'Anglaise.


I've been dying to cut into this fabric ever since bauhausfrau picked it up for me in April. It's so-o-o-o-o pretty and different. Well except for the fact that both bauhausfrau and feathrfetish have some of it too! :>


I've decided I want go late 1770s, something fairly basic in construction and detailing that I can style into the 1780s depending on the occasion and my mood. (working with the theory that you can always wear an earlier dress with later accessories.) I've been inspired by many frocks in my files but the ones that have really stood out have been a yellow dress from Marie Antoinette, the polonaiseville dress from the Duchess and a yummy yellow frock from the Met.

I'm going to do an en fourreau because frankly it's easier and it pushs back the date a bit. :> Trimming I'm not too sure about. I have enough fabric to go reasonably crazy with self trim. The matching petticaot will have a full ruffle though and both pieces will have spangles - definitely needs sparkle!

So last night I started with the pattern from my pierrot jacket, which is also the pattern I used for my blue print jacket. I adore the fit of those jackets but I wanted to tweak the grainline (to shape the stripe in the front) and the shaping of the shoulders a bit (to try and achieve the same super pretty and comfortable sleeve I just got on my printed linen dress).

So I played around with the pattern and cut out a toile. It's all sewn up and ready to be tried on.

In changing the angle of the front's grainline I used the c1780-90 dress in Arnold as my guide. I lined up the center front of my pattern piece with the center front of the book's pattern and traced. When I lined up the newly marked grainline on the fabric, sure enough it created that pretty V in front with my stripe - just like on the Duchess polonaiseville dress. I'm assuming that if the grainline worked for Arnold it will work for me but I'm still curious to see if the change with throw the fit off in some way. I hope not but this is why we toile before we cut our yummy fabric! :>

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scottishlass From: scottishlass Date: November 16th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh the fabric is beautiful .. I think this will become a fabulous gown!!!
I still have to start on my caracao ... sigh.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I'm excited to see it come together!
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: November 16th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Omg, that fabric is to die for!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Isn't it though? bauhaufrau is the best!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: November 16th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh, that's going to be so amazingly beautiful! Fabric love!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm SO excited about this outfit. I know I'm going to feel like a million bucks in it!
bellamissella From: bellamissella Date: November 16th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC) (link)
So pretty! I love all your inspiration dresses as well. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - I can't wait either!
demode From: demode Date: November 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC) (link)
That fabric is amazing! It'll look great as a polonaise.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! All credit goes to bauhausfrau who found it in TX and generously offered to bring some home for me instead of keeping it all to herself! I think she is planning a française, which will be just as pretty!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: November 16th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (link)
amazing fabric!!! And how well does it go with your hat!?!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC) (link)
I know! I didn't even make the hat to go with it and it's perfect! This will be my coscol frilly friday outfit I've decided... complete with the frosting hat of course. :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: November 16th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC) (link)
*sorry about the drool on the screen* :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC) (link)
I'll forgive you this once. hee!
From: editrene Date: November 16th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC) (link)
That fabric is gorgeous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! All credit goes to bauhausfrau who found it in TX and generously offered to bring some home for me!
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: November 16th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC) (link)
I know I join all the others in this, but..... WHAT a fabric! I'm drooling over here!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC) (link)
I know - I feel incredibly lucky to have it!
angldst From: angldst Date: November 16th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, my, what lovely fabric (and the colour will look fab with your complexion). I can't wait to see how it turns out. The chevron striping on the bodice CF sounds wonderful.

*hugs*

-d
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 17th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes it's just the perfect shade of red for me, neither too orangy nor too blue. :>
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: November 17th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (link)
OooooOOOOoooo....This is Luscious! I have a pair of 18th century shoes that I'd like to recover and this fabric would be PERFECT! If you have any decent-sized scraps when you finish with this project, could I buy them off of you?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 17th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC) (link)
Sure I'll let you know what I end up with! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 17th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC) (link)
Oh that is going to be so fabulous! Great use for that gorgeous fabric.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 18th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - I can't wait!
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: November 17th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC) (link)
What a great fabric!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 18th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: November 17th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC) (link)
I always love to watch your projekts. I am definately going to follow that!
Bjarne
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 18th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: November 18th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC) (link)
AAaaah, fabric drool!
This will look so gorgeous as an anglaise, I can't wait for this candy to be finished!
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