The day has finally arrived and we’re finally off to London. Ten hours or so packed in a plane ought to be interesting (the last time I did that was some 30 years ago courtesy of Uncle Sam). Not much to report yet but rest assured, we’ll be making updates very soon. 🙂
BBodice juggling today, hand finishing on this one, now to cut out the chartreuse bodice, less than 24 hours until we leave…at least I’m smiling. 🙂
Living in Southern California, there is rarely a need for cloaks and mantles so it’s something that we’ve never really considered until you have to… 🙂
Oh, those Victorians! They sure knew how to make an entrance! Last night I finished an evening cloak for my new ballgown for our London/Bath trip. Rain in a silk satin dress? No problem…I will be fine from hotel taxi to the ball. 🙂
So what inspired my design? Well, there are many sources of which these are just a few… 🙂
Emile Pingat, Opera Cloak, c. 1882; Metropolitan Museum of Art (C.I.60.42.13)
Three-Quarter Rear View
Worth, Evening Mantle, c. Late 1890s; Metropolitan Museum of Art (C.I.51.69.2)
Close-Up of Front
Close-up of fashion fabric.
Dolman/Mantle, Late 19th Century; Augusta Auctions (32.14685.160.71)
As for construction, Basically, I started with an original period pattern dating from 1891 and modified accordingly. The most important thing was that I needed this to fit over a sloping ballgown bustle, so I flared the side piece and the center back piece from the hip down for room, otherwise it will only work for the 1890s and up. The armscye I also cut wider, only so a puffy ballgown sleeve could reach through without a struggle, otherwise that required no fussing. I skipped the collar (because I own the shortest neck in the world) and opted to face a shallow v-neckline. The drapey sleeves required a little Origami technique to figure out but they’re simpler than they look. I also strongly recommend lining this garment. Finally, I also added drapery weights for swing.
That’s it pretty much in a nutshell. I’ll be posting some pictures of the cloak in action very soon so stay tuned!
Angus likes to get in on everything, especially as we ramp up for London… 🙂
Wre’re in the final countdown here at Lily Absinthe as the departure time rapidly approaches for our departure for the United Kingdom. The Atelier is awash in fabrics and trim as we make out last-minute preparations…
We promise that we’ll have a ton of pictures to post here when we get back. 🙂