Having a magpie eye makes looking at 18th Century clothes a dangerous task… I’ve fallen in clothing lust many a time and have several projects in my mind that I’d love to make. Here’s my list of things I’d like to make one day:
1. Chemise a la Reine. This one shouldn’t be so far off as some of the others – it sounds like they’re quite simple. I also have this vague idea that they would be wearable in a modern-day situation… I could be wrong, but it’s worth finding out! Here’s one with a self stripe (I heart self stripe) and an open skirt over a coloured petticoat (which seems to be an unusual way of wearing them, but not unheard of):
2. Blue stripe polonaise. I’m a sucker for a pretty polonaise, so when I saw Marie Antoinette, I instantly fell in love with this gown:
I could go on about how dreamy this dress is forever… I don’t generally suit pale colours, but duck-egg and light turquoises look rather good on me, if I do say so myself. I would love to wear this – it’s just so many kinds of gorgeous.
3. Mentioned before – I want to make the Madame de Pompadour roses gown for a masquerade ball, with a matching mask and fan. Swoon!
4. A zone gown. I haven’t entirely decided what yet, but I suspect it’ll be something like the Ducreaux self-portrait I’ve posted previously:
That stripe is wonderful. They really knew how to make a good stripe in the 18th Century!
5. A Mini-tricorne – another a la Marie Antoinette.
Plus, I could even go to Ladies Day at Ascot or something similar to have an excuse to wear it. Bonus! I don’t think I’ll go for an exact replica, but something in this style. Maybe I’ll make it to go with the polonaise – if I can get a plan silk in the same colour when I get the stripe, I could use that for the hat and for trim/a petticoat. That would be super-pretty!
6. A hooded jacket as seen in Patterns of Fashion V1 (sorry, I don’t have it with me, so can’t tell you which page). When my housemate saw it, she said how cute it would look in a waterproof fabric, which I can totally see and would wear all the time in my boring old 21st Century life. Practical as well as pretty!
7. From practical to piratical – a pirate-style justacorps/early 18th Century men’s jacket… made for me! I prefer the earlier style with more flared skirts… perhaps even 17th Century. Lots of buttons, big cuffs. Kinda like this one, but less brocade-y, more frog fastening-y.
8. This blue jacket from the Koyoto Institute:
9. Stays with pretend front lacing, like these:
I might make them so they could be worn as a modern-day top for special occasions. We shall see!
10. A ruffly, beautifully coloured mantelet like Madame Berg’s. I love it – it’s so pretty! And, 21st Century bonus – it could easily be worn with curren formal wear! Huzzah!
11. A riding habit that could be worn now – have the vague idea of making it so it could be worn straight or polonaised… I’m possibly thinking of military styling…
12. Big fat gainsborough hat – again, could be worn at the races or somesuch.
13. Another jacket from the Kyoto Institute, this time in red stripe:
Again – I would wear this in my normal day-to-day life… Did I mention I like stripes?
14. The waistcoat fronts I posted the other day:
Hmm… not too much, then… I’d better get started!