Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Cotton Print Sacque, or Robe a la Francase

It's about time I got back to the Williamsburg wardrobe postings, isn't it? So here's my cotton print sacque, rather fully tutorialed already! (Yes, tutorialed is a word.) The tutorial is here (part nine of a series), the muff cover is here, and the cloak tutorial is here.

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I'm wearing it over a shift, stays, pocket hoops, and two petticoats. My cap is one I started in a class at Costume College taught by Janea Whitacre and Angela Burnley. It's silk organza and silk ribbon. And it's so silly it makes me happy :)

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The dress fabric is from William Booth Draper. I was very lucky--I got the last they had in stock (six yards, I think it was?). It was intended for a caraco, but things changed!

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It was a windy wet day, and I felt like I belonged in a satirical engraving the way the wind was blowing everything around!

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The wind did die down enough for one good shot! My skirt is pulled up through my pocket slits, though it still did get some Authentic Williamsburg Mud on it. You can see that the back panel is plain. Six yards isn't much, even when you're short! It was a perfect dress for the museum, where of course, the textile gallery was closed.


  1. Very adorable, Katherine! I just love your style. :)

  2. Ah, you look gorgeous! I love this gown! :)

  3. Beautiful job! I think I like this fabric more as a gown than a caraco. There are just not enough printed cotton gowns out there in the living history world. I think that's do mostly to the lack of period correct, and affordable, fabric though. William Booth Draper and Burnley and Trowbridge always have some nice offerings! :)

  4. How do you spell "uwww" and "ahhh"? I am absolutely enamored with this woman's talent and generosity of sharing what she does.

    Thank you.


  5. Hello,

    I have been noticing on your Sacques - the two pleats sewn onto the back is quite striking elegant! It also reminds me of certain kimonos. Do you know if that style was influenced at all by contact with asia?

    Thank you for this blog btw.