How's that for a photo spam? I can't help it, I just love how the photos came out for this ensemble! I took advantage of the overcast skies and decreased temperatures today and got all dolled up in my new pet en l'air and cotton petticoat!
The petticoat is a nice muslin-ish ivory cotton, and was the second of two I made for this ensemble. The first I made out of a crisper cotton I found at Colorado Fabrics, and turned out to be the petticoat from hell. The fabric was super tightly woven, giving it a nice crisp appearance, but it was impossible to pin and even for my machine to sew! I ended up finishing the petticoat, even though it took hours longer than I was hoping due to the fabric being pure evil. I wore it underneath the second petticoat, which I made after a trip to Joann's for better fabric. The second petticoat took under and hour to sew up as the fabric was so much more agreeable! Live and learn, I am always learning more about fabrics and which to choose for what project!
I am mostly happy with the pet en l'air, I could have worked on making the pattern a bit more historically accurate and the fit a bit better, but I think it works in the end! The color and ruffles feel super girly and rococo. I still have enough of this fabric to make a little pierrot jacket too, so that will be my next historic project and I will work harder on the pattern and fit for that.
How about this hat though right? I made it ages ago using this great tutorial from Lauren of American Duchess. You all know that scene from Keira Knightly's The Duchess where she sits outside with her daughter playing cards and wears a near identical hat? I knew from the moment I saw that film I was going to need that hat! The huge (HUGE!) hedgehog style wig I am wearing in these photos was bought at a crazy wig shop on Hollywood boulevard in California years ago. I bought it on a bit of a whim, but man is it an awesomely gigantic 18th century coiffure! The wig shops on Hollywood boulevard are great by the way, mostly for/run by drag queens and they have amazing selection and good quality wigs. They had many 18th century styles, I think I paid around $70 dollars for this particular wig. I have a lot of the curls pinned up into a more high style of hedgehog here, I'll show you how it looks in its full "The Duchess" worthy form next time :)
Sorry I was a bit MIA this weekend, I was finishing up all the pieces of this costume so I could get pictures done today, I hope you enjoyed them!