February 3, 2010

Fabric: Maybe silk chiffon? I sketched this out while bored at work one day trying to figure out formal wear with sleeves. I was frustrated with all the annoying bridal magazines and websites that feature versions of the same horrible strapless dress. IN my efforts to come up with something new and innovative, I was reminded of a quote I'd seen attributed to Rose Bertin: Nothing is new except what has been forgotten. My search brought me straight to the beginning of the second decade of the 20th century.

Pattern: ?? - but inspired by the Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress I wore to a friend's wedding as well as a drawing on page 192 of JoAnne Ollan's Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from La Mode Illustree - . "Ball toilette" - White charmeuse with green pailletted braid. Surplice bodice; the front is decorated with small rounded corselet of emerald silk. The sleeves are edged with beaded fringe.

I intend to make something similar someday. Now ask me for what.