This is a continuation of a project that I’ve been working on for myself starting back last Fall. and it’s provided inspiration to a bridal dress project I’m currently working on that will be made in ivory.
Do you ever have a “dress crush” and you have to have it at all costs? I waited for a few years until the one perfect fabric came my way, and then I pounced on it!
Pattern matching fun…can you find all the areas that I used that concept? It was fun!
To the eye, this era appears to looks “upholstered”, but it’s deceivingly lightweight when done correctly. Everything is hand tacked in place, there’s not much of a chance of this gown flowing in a breeze. 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates!
Finally, pictures of my 1883 Harper’s Bazar gown completed with train attached. Three coordinating silks, original button suite and lace. We’re currently making this style for a bride (in ivory) and adapting it for other client orders. Patterning from original pattern sheets is difficult, but it’s all a part of our evolution to achieve the perfectly authentic shape…and it allows me to “enjoy the journey” a bit more.
It’s been a busy winter and I haven’t been posting…but here’s gown images, complete with train. I’m already making client gowns in this style with different fabrics, of course! Now imagine this in layered cottons sheers…yeah, gorgeous for Spring. Check back for more updates.
We’re still sorting through all the pictures that we took in England and here are some more from our trip to The Vyne, an historic manor house located close to Basingstoke in Hampshire. First, here’s another picture of us…the red in the day dress really stands out in the grey background lighting:
And here are a couple with a good friend of ours: 🙂
Here are two of the chapel:
And one of the well-appointed sitting rooms:
And the tomb of Chaloner Chute, himself:
Here’s a better picture that I borrowed from online:
And finally, Henry VIII himself:
While we were away in England, we had the opportunity to visit The Vyne, an historic manor house located close to Basingstoke in Hampshire. Originally built between 1500 and 1520 for William Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, the house was later acquired in 1653 by Chaloner Chute, a successful barrister and remained in the Chute family until it was acquired by the National Trust. Over the years, the house has been progressively added onto and is a pastiche of various styles ranging from early Tudor through the 19th Century. One of the most interesting aspects is that the house contained a small chapel, complete with stained glass windows. The day we visited, it was cold, windy, and overcast but that didn’t deter us any, we managed to get a number of very nice pictures.
First is the exterior:
This is the back side of the main house. To the left is an outbuilding.
The front of the house.
Here’s a better view of the house, courtesy of the National Trust.
And now some of the interior:
And now for us… 🙂
A little humor for the camera…my reaction after receiving the latest bill from Charles Worth.
Yes, it’s all mine (or so I’d like to believe)…
Karin modeling her latest creation- a late 1880s day dress.
Visiting The Vyne was one of the major high points of our visit to England and it was definitely worth braving the cold and damp. The estate provided a wonderful backdrop for picture-taking and we only wish that the weather had permitted us to get some more pictures of us outside. We would definitely love to visit again in the Spring when the all the plants are in full bloom. All in all, a special day. 🙂