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  1. I finally finished a en fourreau gown that I began last fall. The whole gown is hand sewn and draped – no pattern. Here is the specific link to the post of the finished garment. http://lachatelainechocolat.blogspot.com/

    If you look at posts during October and November of 2012 you will see the progress of the gown. Thanks for taking a look!

  2. Alrighty.

    http://s1221.beta.photobucket.com/user/zaeverhartl/library/Historical%20Sew%20Fortnightly–1%20and%202

    So, I took these pictures yesterday in the fading light outside, so it’s a little dark (and I had to wait forever for the pictures to become availible on the computer through iCloud (obviously, I never thought of just e-mailing them to myself)), and in the rush to get out there before it got dark (school has started again, so no more mornings!), I didn’t put the dress on the form so that everything looked as it should–the back is too low, as you can tell by the side picture (they should meet perfectly, and do, when displayed properly!), which makes everything look a little off.

    Anyway…this is the dress that was meant for the last challenge, but being the procrastinator that I am, it didn’t get done until the due date for this one, AND IT STILL ISN’T REALLY FINISHED! I was planning on embroidering the bodice, sleeves and hem (going also along the ribbon that leads to the bodice), but, as you can tell, that didn’t get done. In the spirit of the UFO challenge, I officially name this my UFO! Maybe one day I’ll get back to it. The satin ribbon saves it from being too boring, though, even if there isn’t any embroidery.

    So, now! After my rambling:

    Challenge: UFO and Centennial put into one!

    Fabric: Probably less than 1/4 of a yard of plain white muslin

    Pattern: Drafted myself

    Year: 2013 does 1813(ish)

    Notions: Lots of satin ribbon in 1/8″ and 1/4″ widths, and I also used one hook and eye.

    Historical Accuacy: Well, there’s a dress from the 1820s (you actually used it for a Rate The Dress–the Plum Pudding) that has satin trim, so I’m going to say that part is somewhat there. The design is simple; I don’t know if that specific type of sleeve is historically accurate, and I had to piece parts of the front, making that extra bit of ribbon on each side of the bodice. I used Vintage Textile’s newest Regency dress construction as a starting point (the back ties to the front, the front ties to the back), so that’s accurate.

    Hours to complete: 🙁 Some here and there over the course of two fortnights.

    Total Cost: The ribbon was like a dollar and change, so I guess around three dollars? I had everything else, already.

    I’m acually pretty proud of my gathers. I stiched through the fabric around every fiber–they’re super-gathers!!! I wanted to buy some drapery weights and weight the hem so that the dress would lay perfectly, but I never ordered them (and they’re so large that they may have not helped at all). Anywho, there she be, and maybe I’ll be good from now on!

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