This one was inspired by a few different gowns - namely, the orange gown from Stage Beauty, the silver tissue gown, and this portrait of Suzanna Huygens. One of the things that I love about reproducing the 17th c also wound up making things more difficult - very few people (at least that I know of) have made gowns in this era. (though I did appreciate finding Kendra's gown, and Lauren's gown.) Likewise, while there is a great wealth of men's Musketeer-era patterns available, at the time, there were no patterns or books devoted to women's fashions.
I did not do this particularly historically accurate, besides using a sewing machine, the main thing I did differently was to build the bodice over my fully boned mid-18th c stays, instead of making a boned bodice. I also was not able to find any information regarding how skirts were connected to bodices, so I made it up! I sewed the back panel of the knife-pleated skirt to the bodice, but pleated the front section to twill tape, so that it could be tied around the waist (under the bodice in back) like an 18th c petticoat. The bodice closes in front with hooks and eyes, and the slashed sleeves are cartridge-pleated into the armseyes. . The bodice and sleeves are trimmed with pearl-and-lace trim and swarovski elements, as well as false chemise puffs around the neckline.
The gown is worn with a very puffy-sleeved chemise, with the chemise cuffs turned up over the bottom of the slashed sleeves, and over a couple 18th c petticoats, my mid-18th c stays, and my petal-shaped bum pad. Of course, although I finished it in February, I didn't actually wear it until August, for the Gala at Costume College. And unfortunately, that's the only time I've gotten to wear it, since it is now too big.
|At Costume College|
|I also made a mask for the occasion|
|I made the pearly accessories for my hair|
|With my historical dog|
|I might remake it smaller some day|