Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Screaming Yellow Sacque--A Robe a la Francaise!

Now that the Epic Williamsburg vacation is over (sigh), I have many updates! For now, they are of the 'look at me' variety, but each and every costume has a tutorial of some sort forthcoming. For this dress, it's sleeve ruffles and the blue silk cloak. Enough of that though, on to the dress!

Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque

I wore the dress twice. First to the theatre to see The Walking Statue, or The Devil in the Wine Cellar, and then to dinner at the King's Arms.

Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque

On the agenda for next time--bigger sleeve flounces. I hit The Wall before the trip and finished a pinball and started a knitted pineapple instead :)

Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque

I was very happy that it was cool enough to wear it with accessories! The hotel costuming I usually do just doesn't lend itself to that! The cloak is silk taffeta lined with China silk and interlined with not period but inexpensive and not overly warm the way wool would have been cotton flannel. It's trimmed with marabou leftover from my pink and green court dress. The tutorial for the muff is here and the muff cover is here.

Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque

My hair is really quite simple. It thankfully teased, which it often refuses to do. I just set it in sponge rollers, teased most of the middle section, pulled up the back, stuck in a rat made of fake hair, and smoothed the front over it, then had a friend stick things in the back to cover any wonkiness.

Yellow Robe Francaise, or Sacque

I'm glad that after having the fabric for I think about 10 years (I bought it after my first or second Costume College!), I finally made it! I'm also glad that I didn't make it so long ago, as it is a better dress than I would've been capable of then :)

Here's my Live Journal tag about the dress. It includes a few construction pictures. I essentially made this dress in four days. Counting the lining, it was five; however, if you consider that I made the lining for my Virginia cloth anglaise the day I started this and it's essentially the same lining...

27 comments:

  1. One word: wow! That's is so beautiful! I love the color especially. :)

    -Veronica

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    1. Thank you! Isn't it the most amazing shade of yellow?

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  2. It looks so good from the back (from the front too, but you know what I mean).

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  3. Wow, wow, wow!!! I'm speechless!!! Stunning! Spectacular! Gorgeous! And it looks so lovely with the cloak.

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  4. ZOWY! Can I just say how jealous I am!? I adore this gown, every bit of it, every ruffle and flounce, and especially the color. Squee!!!

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  5. Beautiful!! Love the color!! And I adore your cloak and muff :)

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  6. Oh, you look like http://shoomlah.deviantart.com/art/And-a-bit-alarming-203112717?q=gallery%3Ashoomlah%2F29648049&qo=12 , only even prettier! That yellow is amazing!

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    Cheers! Andrew

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  8. That is a gorgeous dress!! I can just see it at a ball and all the gentlemen fawning over the lady in the yellow gown (and all the ladies hiding their envy behind their fans;)!

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  9. You can tell from some of the photos that you were the cynosure of many, many eyes. No wonder: it's a fabulous ensemble. The trim pattern is especially handsome and I really like the matching ostrich plume. Very much a la mode!

    Very best,

    Natalie (aka Zip Zip)

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  10. Hi! I love your blog so much that i've nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! http://fairyfingers.blogspot.ca/2013/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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  11. That yellow is great - and with the light blue cloak - gorgeous! I also love your hair! :-)

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  12. AHH THE YELLOW I'M DYING.
    This is like exactly %1000 what I want to do someday because I love colonial style printed cottons I love francaises even more and I want them in all of the colors.

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  13. I'm just gonna go ahead and say that this lovely dress makes me think of Beauty and The Beast and the muff and cloak are amazing!

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  14. Fabulous!!! Love the bold color choice, and the mantle is seriously gorgeous!

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  15. Wonderful dress! I love those screaming loud colours, such a statement that the past wasn't all about colourless shades of brown and grey. It's a really yummy combination with the light blue cloak. Perfect :)

    Sabine

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  16. superb! and great styling too - love the feather!

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  17. It's just gorgeous, and you look beautiful---Perfection! I am so happy you had a great time in Williamsburg. We loved our trip there for our honeymoon in 18thc. clothing, and have the BEST memories.
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful, and I'm exicted about the tutorials!

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  19. I've nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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    Best,
    Quinn

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  20. Beautiful gown! I've nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award: http://americanseamstress.blogspot.com/2013/04/blog-award-time.html

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  21. Beatiful blog, I just saw you blog, very interesting. Beautiful clotes and history. Did you also write about lace shawls ? There were many lace shalws, in Victorian age.! I put you on my blog list: see www.gebreidesjaals.blogspot.com
    kind regards mieke

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  22. Oh, I adore your francaise! And I love this color! :)
    Could you give me your email adresse? I have one question for you! :)

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  23. interesting to read thank you I really liked your article I love your beautiful blog and so enjoy your posts.good job

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