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intro to the gaulle
You know it occurs to me that I haven't actually talked about what a Gaulle is or posted my inspiration for this project. So for those of you who are wondering what the heck I'm talking about...

A Gaulle is basically a variation of a chemise à la Reine. Instead of being a big tube of gathered fabric like the traditional chemise à la Reine, it has a fitted back with a gathered front. Where the name Gaulle comes from, what it means of if that is even what this garment was called in the period I don't actually know (Kendra?, Sarah?) but it's the name I know it by so that is what I'm going with.

I've been inspired (and greatly assisted in my efforts) by 1 extant garment from the Met, 2 film garments (from Marie Antoinette & the Duchess) and 3 excellent reproductions (from demode, modehistorique and mlsdesigns).

What me a sheep?! Whatever gave you that idea? :>


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joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: June 22nd, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
That's interesting - I always assumed it was a dress made for pregnancy!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Well they definietly would be good for pregnancy, also great for "I feel fat" days. :>
sarahbellem From: sarahbellem Date: June 22nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Definitely good for pregnancy and even better for wearing when you're retaining water and/or can't bear to tight lace into any of your other gowns. ;)
bellamissella From: bellamissella Date: June 22nd, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC) (link)
I've also been planning to make a Gaulle, or another Chemise a la Reine, but since I plan on making an open robe/robe a la turque variation to go over it, the fitted back makes more sense! Thanks for sharing your inspiration! I love your stripped fabric!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay - I hope this helped! I really love this style, done right it's one of those styles that good good on just about everyone! :>
demode From: demode Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I actually don't know if the term "gaulle" refers to anything different than the chemise a la reine, but what I do know is that it was the first term used to refer to the style (in other words, when first introduced it was called a "gaulle," then later a "chemise a la reine"). Whether the style changed any as the terms changed, I don't know, but it would be an interesting thing to look into!
demode From: demode Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, and I should say that the info I have re: the term "gaulle" is from Queen of Fashion.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Sweet - thanks for the info! Yeah I really should give Queen of Fashion another go. I pick it up every so often and then get distracted... I don't thinkg I've ever made it the whole way through. Bad costumer! :P
seekatesew From: seekatesew Date: June 22nd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (link)
We made that style of dress in a Burnley & Trowbridge workshop:

I don't know if there are any other period terms, but they (B&T / Janea Whitacre) called it a "quartered-back gown with a drawstring front". You could also make a "folded front" (aka what we call a "zone") instead; the construction is the same except for the very front.

The "quartered back" means that when you look at the back, it appears to be divided up in quarters. The skirt is attached separately (in other words, it's not a saque or an en fourreau). But you probably already knew that. ;)
dollhausfrau From: dollhausfrau Date: June 23rd, 2010 01:04 am (UTC) (link)
Soo pretty! It will look so lovely on you.

I want one! I wish so badly I had some time to sew before costume college. I've got some of that lovely cotton/silk blend stripes I got from the garment district I'm just dying to make into a gaulle but I just have no time to make one. :(
nehelenia78 From: nehelenia78 Date: June 23rd, 2010 09:07 am (UTC) (link)
That's gonna be fab!! Can't wait to see yours!
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