I love using museum gowns for inspiration, then taking it a few steps more…I can just see this on a lady on the boardwalk in Tombstone! 🙂
Peacock blue taffeta and black silk velvet with scallops and knife pleats for when you want to look like a fashion plate from 1878, the foundation skirt has a built-in tournure like the original it was patterned from in our museum collection! After the trunk show sale in Tombstone this weekend, it will be offered on our website…if it doesn’t go to a lucky new home!
One of the questions that we are asked is: “What pattern did you use?” It’s a tricky question from our perspective, because we are designers and not teachers. Our answer is that we pattern them ourselves, I prefer to carefully “lift” them from original garments; Adam loves original pattern sheets and old diagrams with apportioning scales. It’s how we roll, it’s what we also do for fun.
Long story short: Check out the beautiful copper silk gown in the above picture, it’s a beautifully made antique garment that must have been worn only once or twice. I fell in love with the bodice shape and carefully lifted a pattern, then scaled it up to a “modern” 12, then my own size as well. The violet plaid gown is the size 12, and yet it retains the same shape (except I “shallow v’d” the neck and pointed the tails) as the original bodice.