I was very lucky the day I bought the fabric for it was exactly what I was looking for. It's a remnant and I've never been able to find another one of that kind since I'm very keen on brown-red/copper-coloured/orange-gold fabrics but it's very rare when I find one... this one is the exception. I failed to find a nice copper-coloured stripped silk for my steampunk dress.
But I know, chosing fabrics and finding the one you absulotely must have is difficult! I did it only once and it was so frustrating for something which I wouldn't even be involved in, how much more something you're doing yourself.
I followed mainly a historical pattern from "Patterns of Fashion 1" (Janet Arnold, the Snowhill Manor gown from 1770-85), that I adapted of course to my measurements but also to fit two other historical gowns from the 1770s (one from a museum, the other from a painting) that inspired me to realise this model.
But roughly, the basic shape is the same (for a "robe à l'anglaise retroussée") and can be based on the patterns from the Janet Arnold's book
Hello, This is a lovely gown, and the photographs are very atmospheric.
Do you mind if I make a comment? Can you get someone to check the hem for you. I feel that it is dragging on the ground at the back and a little uneven at both sides. This is difficult to get right when you make the dress yourself, I know. But the hem does spoil your craftwomanship and the silk fabric. You may need to lift it up and let it out at the waistline.
Hello! Don't worry for the comment!I will try to answer you as best as I can but I'm sure it will be all messy (as it usually is anytime I explain something ^^):
The length of the underskirt (and so the place where the hem goes)depends on how I wrapped the skirt around the waist(if I was in a hurry or not, if I needed to lift it up a bit because my shoes are not the right ones etc.). To make the underskirt, I followed a pattern from a 1770s gown (from Janet Arnold's book)and so the skirt pattern is in fact a rectangle one. So the shape of the skirt is (roughly) a rectangle and the line of the hem is a straight line. But the skirt is pleated at the waist and that's what gives it its "round" shape, so mostly the unevenness of the sides depends on how I tied it around the waist :/
For the "mantle" part (the back of the gown) the length and shape depend on how I tied the ribbons inside it, that lift the back up. I can change the shape and length of the back depending on the mood. When the ribbons loosen, the back tends to go down a bit and that is surely a problem.
But I know I can avoid it if I stop playing the fool and running and doing silly stuff in historical gowns that are definitely not made for that kind of stuff, then the ribbons won't loosen... :s
I hope this wasn't too messy, I do apologize if it is!