Though, that does leave me with 9 yards of the above Indian block print. That is a ton of fabric, and do you know what is much more suited to a lightweight block printed cotton? The late 18th century. So I am going to use the block print cotton to make a late 18th century robe a l'anglaise with a matching petticoat instead!
|Block print cotton, 1780-1785, V&A|
Here is my sketch. The fabric is more red-based orange than the photo at the top of this post (from the Etsy seller) and though I haven't seen any orange/rust colored cotton extant examples, I think the fact that it is an authentic Indian block print will provide the accuracy factor enough for my taste. The fabric is so much more suited to the 18th century, and to this design, than it ever was to the late Victorian Bustle gown it was bought for and I think I will be so much happier with the result! I can also wear this gown with my black sheer petticoat from last year and other black accessories like my black silk hat. Perfect for Halloween non?
|The exact color, only mine is lightweight taffeta, not dupioni!|
I also have major costume ADD and want to make something else first before I make the rust l'anglaise. I have had some iridescent violet silk taffeta in my stash for forever waiting to become something 18th century and now is the time! I want to make a frilly pet en l'air with those lovely crisp back pleats and lots of self trim!
I'll make a puffy off white voile petticoat to wear with it! I already have the most gigantic picture hat to wear with the ensemble too.
|Like this lovely pet en l'air, only without the matching petti-not enough silk for that!|
Planning, designing, never actually getting any costuming done! Can anyone relate? I know I am not alone!