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the exhausting mental exercises of 1912
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quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 4th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm ridiculously intimidated by this period, and thus having some mental blocks in getting started. So I feel your pain. I am very sorry the peacock has not worked out! You have some great thoughts here about how to turn the project around, though, so I'm looking forward to following along.
isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: January 4th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC) (link)
I have a few garments from the period if you'd like to come over and take a look at them. It helps to make sense of the construction.
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 4th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh, thanks for the offer! I would like to take a look.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 4th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC) (link)
I think you are right to be a little intimidated, it's a deceptively complicated style. I think mostly because it's transitional. Figuring out where the Victorian construction techniques end and what would become the 1920s techniques begin in this hybrid style is a challenge.

A key seems to be the fabrics. Everything is soft and drapey (little-to-no taffeta and even the rare velvets are drapey silk ones), with an emphasis on varying textures and in layers. Usually at least three fabrics in a dress. It least that is what I'm seeing.

I think it's achievable though - especially with practically the whole of the costuming world making this gown at the same time. We'll have no lack of inspiration and support in the next few months, which will make all the difference I think.

You can do it!
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 5th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks, Jenny Rose, especially the advice about the fabrics. The drapey-ness makes total sense, but I don't think I had really taken that in yet.
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