The Idea and Inspiration:
A dress based on Janet Arnold’s 1871 afternoon dress with detachable gilet pattern. The dress was inspired by a lucky find of lots of reasonably period accurate pink fabrics at a very reasonable price.
The outfit was also intended to capture something of the mood and silhouette of the dress in Renoir’s Woman with an umbrella and a child, 1873, without being a direct replica.
Fabric and Materials:
Rose pink sateen, coral pink striped sateen, and cranberry red silk. Plastic boning, metal hooks to fasten, decorative vintage buttons on bodice and overskirt.
1870s bustle based on an image in Corsets and Crinolines
Research and Resources:
Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940
Norah Waugh, Corsets and Crinolines
The Dress Diary:
Posts featuring the dress on Sarah’s Livejournal: http://dianavilliers.livejournal.com/