My compliments to you on the gown. I am involved in Historical Re-Enactment and have portrayed Baroque, Rococo, as well as Napoleonic Eras. That said, I can fully appreciate the time and effort involved in the construction of a gown such as this. Well done, dear girl! It is no small feat to accomplish..And from what the ladies have told me, not an easy garmet to wear; stays and all. It looks to be tailored out of brocade or damask...Photos can be rather deceiving. Regardless, stunning job, you wear it well.
ah, and the fabric, I would have preferred silk or some natural fiber, but I was attempting to recreate a particular pattern from the TV show that this dress shows up in, so the fabric I'm using, I'm sure it's some manmade fiber, it's actually not that great. but it works well for the dress recreation.
"Girl in the Fireplace" is a wonderful episode; one of my favorites from the "Era of Ten". You did well in its construction and it truly is a labor of love. There have been moments in fabric stores that I have seen cloth that sorely tempted me regarding a new weskit or coat...But, I could never use such at an event due to "the rules". I am pretty much stuck with wool and linen..Which is fine, but it can be rather drab. Regardless of the fabric, that gown is stunning.
yes, it's sort of a weighed scale of accuracy to the period or to the episode, I went in favor of the episode but constructed historically. I don't worry too much about the rules, but I do really like doing things fully historical when I'm able... it's really fun and interesting, isn't it?
Regarding Victorian,... from a woman's perspective, the construction is not that much, but the embellishment takes a very long time... all those ruffles and trim on trim! My Victorian (the pink and white striped one) took way longer than my 18th century gowns, even though the 18th century ones had trim, too!
it's fun to do different periods! I hope you'll have fun with yours!
Girl in the Fireplace was the first episode of Doctor Who that I saw, and it's what got me hooked. My friends knew it would because of my love for froufrou dresses (and the emotional hooks...)
I have to admit not being under the microscope does have certain advantages. Way back when, in the beginnings, I used to attend Ren Faires...There are no real rules what so ever. So those are my humble roots and my love for history eventually set me on the Re-Enactment path. I attended a convention in Chicago one year and I cannot expound enough how thrilling it was to mix and mingle amongst so many different stages of historical examples. I remember standing outside the hotel flanked by one fellow in circa WWII, and another attired in American Civil War; whereas I was in Napoleonic. There was a Ball held one evening and if you could think of a time, there was more than likely someone portraying it.I do enjoy it greatly, even though the rules can be rather a pain now and again. Ah, the trim work is always a devilment to deal with. I posted a picture from a few years back on my deviations page and I can tell you truly, that by the time all the buttons were finished on the coat and waistcoat...I never wanted to see another button again...ever! To this day I think buttons are evil. Nevertheless, it did not stop me from constructing two more each.I am not over keen on the picture, but it shows some of the details well enough. To be honest, I came into the good Doctor's aquaints rather backwards. I was aware of 'Doctor Who", and remebered the "Classic" stuff. I should have latched onto it sooner due to always having been fascinated with the concept of Time Travel...BUT! It took Torchwood to get me hooked in to it proper. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Thankyou! I'm used to wearing corsets for costumes, I used more contemporary (or Victorian, roughly) corsets most often,... but 18th century actually doesn't really compress that much, so it's really not that bad. (18th century stays/corset is more about getting the front flat to support that stomacher look)
And this dress is not as heavy or uncomfortable as some other things. The pocket hoops are actually no trouble at all. They aren't huge and only sit at the hips and are super light.
and then this non-historical ballgown (worn with a victorian corset, original hoops and huge petticoat) is MUCH heavier and definitely has a time limit. The dress is velvet with lots of rhinestones on it, it's very heavy. [link]
You are most welcome! Thank you for linking the others, as well. I have been tempted to portray the Victorian Period. I have aquaintances that do and I have to admit, at least on my side of the blanket, the clothing is far less complicated in tailoring than what I already have. ( And I do love fob watches. ) I do know that dresses of that period are quite a bit of work to construct and still involve a great deal of fabric. I can fully appreciate the effort and time involved in producing such clothing. One of my lady friends has a dress likened to yours of pink, and it is quite impressive. Again, thank you for sharing, I very much enjoyed seeing the other pieces. You should be proud, for all three are quite large accomplishments!