Friday, August 28, 2009
The Quintessential Robe
Nothing says the 18th Century more to me than this little gown. As much I look at more spectacular gowns elsewhere this is the one I always come back to. I love it for several reasons. The shape and proportions are just perfect, it's polonaised, hello! it's got bows on the front and I just love the deep yellow plain fabric which is a nice relief to the fussy patterned gowns of the same period.
This is most definately the robe I will be modelling my own one on. Most striking to me about this robe is all the self-trim. It just goes on and on and on. Yep a lot of handsewing in this one. I doubt though I will make it in yellow as it's just a no-go with my skin tone. Perhaps a madder pink or gorgeous stripe.
If you're into patterns then there is none lovelier than these deep pink roses on a duck-egg blue ground. A silk brocade, half your luck to finding anything remotely similar these days. I also think the stomacher decoration below is brilliant, 18th century without miles of fuss. Definately is a lovely way to go.
But then again if fuss is your thing, and why would you be into the 18th century if you didn't like fuss?, then perhaps the treatment on this 1780's robe a la turque is more your style.
The only problem with my own robe project is that I haven't found a fabric I absolutely adore yet, and I can't settle on the level of fuss I want. I am also torn between a robe a la anglaise (with fitted back) over the robe a la francaise (the sacque back). I like the anglaise better I will honestly say but part of me thinks I will always feel incomplete if I don't make a francaise.