It’s been a long year. I don’t need to explain why of course as we are all a part of the crazy that has been 2020. Let’s hope 2021 will be calm and uneventful. Time will tell.
In the meantime I am finally circling back around to my Colonial Dress Project and have decided on a 1770’s robe à l’Anglaise retroussée.
A BEAUTIFUL example of which can be seen here from before the Automobile.
I love the pulled up poof of the skirts and the shorter style will make for more walking ease throughout the day.
I’ll be making two dresses. One for me and one for my youngest daughter. Plus stays, shifts and petticoats.
These are the fabrics I have picked out. Both are from Colonial Williamsburg and are reproductions of original fabric from the era.
The white floral will be mine and the red will be hers. it will look lovely with her coloring.
Since I haven’t made this style of dress before I will be making a mock up in this blue floral print.
It’s not historically accurate but I think it will be lovely nonetheless.
I’ll be wearing these period correct shoes from American Duchess which I need to be breaking in if I plan to wear them all day. As you can see I haven’t even got the buckles in yet despite owning them for quite some time. I admit I am a little scared I will mess them up. I will find the courage to do it this week and start breaking them in ASAP.
As I mentioned in a previous post I need to start on the shifts first and I have been researching them to find the look I want. I also need to order linen as I don’t have enough on hand.
I still need to work out trim for the dresses and I will need to make the hats. They are called bergères, with low crown and wide brim. Usually made of straw.
This is the look I am going for:
It should be fun. Stay tuned!