For the collar part of my "Autumn in Cranford" dress, I really wanted an antique lace pereline such as this, this, this, this, and this. Unfortunately, I have put myself on a spending moratorium and therefore am forbidding myself from searching eBay and etsy for such a collar. Enter my DIY spirit and my stash. I spent a day researching Pinterest, the net and my books on what other lacy bits ladies from the 1830s wore on their day dresses. Low and behold I discovered the dress below. I was thrilled!! Hello! Lacey bits and sheer fabric! Both of which I had in my stash! Huzzah!
|I LOVE the way this chemisette uses both lace and sheer fabric. This I can do!|
Source: Fashion Blog
During my searches I also found these beautiful chemisettes from these places: National Trust #1, National Trust #2, Roundgowns and Reticules via the MET.
My friend Josie helped me out with the chemisette pattern from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1, which I modified a bit.
Antoinette-25 and American Duchess also used this pattern with beautiful results. I found this pattern that would probably work as well.
I used the lace from my stash and some silk voile that I bought in the LA Fabric District in August after Coco. I'm sort of having issues with the difference in color between the silk and the lace. I dyed the silk in a very weak tea to get the color of the sheer fabric of the lace and when I doubled the silk it resulted in a darker color than the lace. I am toying with the thought of washing the whole chemisette to get the tea out...grrrrrrr.....
For jewelry, I am use this Georgian era mourning brooch that I got several years ago. I know that it is probably a bit macabre for a day dress, but it's the only jewelry I have from this era that could work. Oh for a coral bead brooch!!!
Chemisette over the fabric of the dress! I am loving this!!
Ok, so now I need some opinions...should I attempt to get the tea color out of the fabric, or is it just fine as is? Please let me know what you think? It is also does look better in direct sunlight...
Chemisette in almost direct sunlight....what to do? What to do???
Have a wonderfully blessed day my friends!