Of course the results never match my initial 'sketches' or plans. I tend to work with an over all look in mind and flesh it out as I draft or manipulate patterns, go shopping in my stashes and pick up other materials. Also, as I was putting this together I was watching my DVD's of Downton Abbey 2. Lavina's dinner dresses fast became my inspiration for the final structure and details.
|The overdress has an uneven hem that dips to a point on the sides and rises to below knee length front and back.|
|The bodice front has a shirred center front at the bust. One of Lavina's dresses had this detail.|
|Simple square back. I am thinking of putting putting some sort of decoration where the straps meet the neckline front and back. Not sure yet about that. What do you think?|
|The sketch evolved as I said. (See previous post). The ribbon work samples at the bottom are my inspiration for the belt. These images are from one of the Dover books on Ribbon Work. (See below).|
|A close up of the belt ideas. I want to do a belt like the one in the upper right but the bow will be like the one to the left set vertically. What do you think?|
I played with my hair last week while I was on vacation. I think even with my chin length hair I will be able to put together a look where the front is waved and curled at the ears and then I can arrange a false braid/bun in the back. Now the question is, tiara or go with a more 1919 bandeau? Given I only have a week left and I am not done with the dress, it may be 'tiara'. Love my tiaras! :)
Shoes! I didn't have time or the extra cash to order the beautiful shoes that American Duchess has produced - Astoria - http://www.american-duchess.com/edwardian-shoes. However, I just looked at the website and they won't be ready till May anyway. Sigh. They would have been perfect! So, I will be in search of shoes this week. In the end, I may buy a pair of Capezio dance shoes - you know the good ol' Mary Jane shoes often do the trick. Or find a pair of pumps.
Lots to do, so I better get going! Keep checking in for the final installments on this project. I hope to provide pictures of the gown in situ - at the event.