This 18th century costume includes the efforts of two talented Ladies.
Corsetiere Marie Cooley made the superb corset from some antique curtains I had acquired that date from the 1920’s. You can find her beautiful corsets at her website.
Designer extraordinaire Tamara Somerfield sewed the beautiful historically accurate and perfect fitting gown from the same material.
All that is left is for me to embellish their lovely work with harmonious trims, my favorite part.
I am going to share that process with you because it is such fun and may inspire others.
Here are some of the samples I made from the silk taffeta remaining from the skirt as well as ribbon trims I gathered, ruched and layered.
Originally I was going to make a trimmed front but decided I didn’t want to hide the beautiful pattern on the front of the gown.
After a few days into the process of sampling I started seeing my color palette in unexpected places. An Art Nouveau Poster I have had on my wall for decades and ribbons I have had in my collection for years.