Friday, September 17, 2004
Upcoming Project: Robe Francaise
Pattern by JP Ryan. Inspiration: Robe Francaise worn by Madame de Pompadour.
I've been just dying to start sewing this project. I have already completed JP Ryan's 18th century stays and pocket hoops, so I wouldn't need to make any new undergarments. If I could choose any fabric, I would want to make this gown out of silk taffeta, but since I'm working of a tighter budget, I've been looking at purchasing dupioni silk with as few slubs as possible. The best price I've seen for dupioni is $5 a yard on ebay...but if anyone knows of a cheaper way to get it, please let me know since I'm looking at buying 13 yards of fabric.
I've always liked the pale colors from this time period, so I think I would want to make either a blue and cream or a pink and cream gown. The petticoat and stomacher would be out of cream, and the gown itself out of the second color. I would use the gown's color as trim.