I was flipping through my gallery and I realized...I never posted a pic of my red-gold gown, except my one ID!
How dare I not post more about it! That's my fav, infamous gown! Anywho, here goes!
This gown was made based off the 8881 Simplicity pattern (the "Shakespeare in Love" pattern) back in 2003. Lennie and I worked together on this, and my mom helped too with the overskirt and the hemming. Well, I had planned on sticking to the pattern for it, but that just didn't really happen. I think only the bodice and underskirt followed the pattern, lol! Even still, I pretty much took out the evil princess seams, the bodice is overly boned, lined and interlined, it laces up the back with a lot of small brass grommets with a modesty panel behind it. The underskirt is cream satin with red silk velvet for the forepart. The overskirt and bodice (except the stomacher, which is also silk velvet) are red-gold metallic satin brocade. Love the fabric to death. It's got an acanthus floral pattern all over. So pretty! The overskirt laces up the front, while the underskirt has an elastic waistband. The sleeves were added on in 2004, based on the sleeves of this gown which I sold to my friend Kris [link]
only they don't hang down as far. The sleeves have antique gold gimp trim and have 3 antique gold clasps per sleeve and tie on at the shoulder with grommets and lacing (with gold aglet tips). All the grommets on the gown were handsewn over with red thread (not embroidery thread...).
Other aspects of the gown. The ruff was purchased but later beaded with numerous pearls by me. The bodice jewelry (not the brooches though) was made by me and can be seen better in this picture [link]
. The earrings [link]
were also made by me, as were the two huge rings on my right hand. Oh, also made the red/gold tapestry pouch and the black pouch.
Unfortunately, for some reason the front of the split-front overskirt is folded in such a way that you can't see the cream/pearl trim down each side. But it's there
As are the beaded/aglet ties to close the overskirt to protect the underskirt from rain damage. And one of these years, I'll get a picture of the spiffy beading on the bodice... The brocaded part of the front of the bodice is beaded really nicely. I just need a new, detailed picture of this gown :b Ah well, there's always next year!
PLEASE FULL VIEW!!!
Other pictures of this gown:
(you can see the overskirt trim there)
(closeup of neckline...very old pic)
Photo (c) me
Dress design (c) me!!