My next project will be a chintz gown. I found the fabric in an old mill that is being used as a quilt fabric shop.
It is a reproduction from an original print. Expensive, but my dad will give it to me if I go to the shop with him. (I have to practice going to shops ans public places, I'm affraid of crowds)
This is the pattern I fancy.
Kyoto Costume Institute:
"Indienne, a painted or printed cotton fabric made in India, had been well known in the seventeenth century Europe.... Printed cotton became popular in 1759, not only for intertior decoration but also for clothing... They were called indienne(literally "from india"), or toile peinte (hand-painted cloth) in France, and chintz (derived from "chint", a Hindi term for gaudily painted cotton) in England."
I would like to make a robe a l'anglaise.
Let's do some research!

Doesn't it look romantic?
I like the bodice, straight and low cut, without ribbon.
And pointy at the front.
But I don't want the skirt to be pulled up in the back like this.(of course this is a robe à la polonaise, not l'anglaise)
And the petticoat will be white. Muslin I prefer.

Like this, I really like the border, it is an other fabric sewn around it, just like a ribbon. I also like the sleeves, with the cuffs, and a little frill. (It's rather uncommon that the sleeves are long, I've only seen ellbow length, there must be an interesting story behind it. Could someone tell me please? I would like to post it too! The more background infromation the better.)

Let's take a look at the back

All the fabric goes to the back. But I don't want to cut the fabric and the skirt in one piece. I find that rather unpractical. I do want the back a little pointy, but not too much.
I think there are panniers worn underneath this dress. I want the volume all around (not at the front ).
I think the bodice of the A polonaise pattern of Janet Arnolds, "Patterns of Fashion 1".
It's perfect, I've only to lengthen the sleeves, and change the skirt.

I don't yet have a corset that gives the accurate sillouete for a dress like this.
So I did some searching.
I like the 1780 corset from Bridges on the Body.

(yeah, I posted this one before, but I totally didn't notice that it was perfect for a robe a l'anglaise!)
I think I'll be able to work out the pattern.

That can't be too hard, and thanks to her blog, I have so much help while making the corset itself.
Tomorrow I'll be drawing the dress, and the patterns.
Night night

1 comment:

  1. hoihoi
    leuk blog heb je!!..zal hem even toevoegen bij mijn blogscroll
    nee vind het ook heel jammer dat je er voor moet betalen..ken ook n iemand waarbij ik even mee kan gluren om te zien of het het geld waard is.. helaas..
    gr marijke