Fantastic, i'm glad i read your earlier posts about the stomachers, they had continued to irritate me. so i think i may use hooks and eyes to attach them so i have the option of having a few. thats if i am not sick at the end of embroidering the first one, lol. Yeah i bought the butterick pattern the other day, i'm just waiting for it to come through. although it's in a polisaise style isnt it ? should i just not bunch it up at the back and let it fall naturally once i've done the pleats and whatnot? anyway, thanks for putting up with me you're a star! ( your website has taught me loads!) x
No, that's okay! I used butterick 3640. I lengthened the stomacher and altered it to be one piece. Using the sleeve patterns, I widen and lengthen them. The pieces of the back of the bodice I used to fit to my body first and then totally remade into a pleated back. The skirt I drafted free-handed. If you are interested, my website shows more on how I made this costume: [link]
Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful recreation, How did you connect the stomacher? They continue to ellude me and one day when I finally make the 18th century dress I have planned (I have this BEAUTIFUL heavy linen with a large floral print that I've been dying to use! Its perfect for a gown!) and I want to know how to properly do a stomacher before I make it... I plan to sell it when I'm done, ; gotta make money to put in the bank for my June trip back to Denver!
Historically, I believe, women had several stomachers that they interchanged with different gowns. The stomacher was pinned to the undergarments, like the corset, and then the gown pinned down over that. I went with the movie way and sewed one side of the stomacher to the gown and used snaps to connect the other side (so I can still get in and out ).
Lol, cheater! naw, I did the sewing on one side and snaps for my first 18th cent. gown... I did snaps on both sides for the second one... I'm trying to figure out though... if having the stomacher tie onto the corset would be the best route, and have the gown pinned to the stomacher... hmmm... what would you recommend? I have this perfectionist issue I have to deal with... and it is an issue... it makes me crazy...
I love the dress... so pretty... you are so talented!