UPDATE: March 20, 2021: I’m temporarily suspending orders for court gowns and doublets.
This isn’t just a dress, it’s a sartorial confection! Perfect for Renaissance weddings or any event when it’s imperative to look stunning! It will be custom made for your unique measurements and snugness preference.
I’ve used a four-hoop slip and a bum roll for display purposes, both of which will be necessary to achieve this dramatic silhouette. In the seventh photograph, I’ve removed the bum roll to show the different look of the dress with the hoop slip alone.
The Bodice is designed to achieve the period-correct conical figure (no darts or princess seams) by pressing the chest and stomach flat and squeezing the bosom up above the neckline. (Unfortunately, my dress form can’t “squish”, but hopefully you get the idea!).
The primary fabric is a medium weight damask with a woven swirling vine design. I call the color ‘sea glass.’ It’s a pale aqua that is slightly more green than blue, but not by much. It is simply gorgeous. The front of the bodice has been accented with a matellase (quilted) fabric that is absolutely spectacular and coordinates perfectly with the damask. The shoulder treatments (epaulettes) are a delightful combination of one full cap made of the damask which is sewn below a split cap made of the matellase. The result is understated elegance. This is a new design element I came up with and I’m thrilled with the result.
Seven pieces of coated steel boning have been sewn in strategic places throughout the bodice, and two more pieces of poly boning have been sewn along the eighteen machined grommets in the back. Nine pieces of boning will provide a nice push-up and cinching effect. There is also a privacy panel (shown in the back view photo) to cover any gaping between the grommets.
The Split Overskirt
Has been embellished at the opening with more of the matellase fabric and painstakingly gathered into a three-inch waistband. The waistband utilizes a hook and eye closing system. It will be serge hemmed to your desired length, ready for final hemming by your tailor.
Is a wedge-shaped piece of fabric with a drawstring waist. It has been serge hemmed on the sides and embellished with four-inch ivory venise lace along the bottom. Serge hemmed to your desired length.
The Chemise Blouse
The sleeves are made with ivory dupioni silk (100% silk) fabric. The cuffs are embellished with half-inch ivory venise lace. The elastic wrist is easily adjusted from the inside. The torso of the blouse (which doesn’t show) is made with lightweight cotton muslin.
The Modesty Panel Is a rectangular piece which perfectly matches the bodice and is designed to lay under the cording. This allows the wearer to loosen the cording without showing the underlying chemise and also allows for more size options.
Measuring and Fit Information