18th century Chemise a la Reine
DescriptionInspired by the Marie Antoinette movie, I decided to try my hand at my own lovely chemise a la reine (and accessories). I am more or less determined to make every single piece of this costume.
Stays: Based on a pattern from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800. Three layers, the top layer is a light blue toile de jouy (which, historically, is not appropriate for clothes, but I loved the pattern too much to resist).
Petticoat: Pale blue quilted petticoat.
Shift: Made from a cotton/linen blend.
Chemise a la Reine: Loosely based on the pattern from Norah Waugh's The Cut of Women's Clothes. Made out of voile. Fitted sleeve pattern from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800. Sash made from hand dyed silk.
Hat: Made from a $2 straw hat I picked up from Goodwill. The brim is turned up at the back and secured with a pin and pearls. It is decorated with a cream box pleated ribbon, accented with a thin pink grosgrain ribbon, a white ostrich feather, a plump pink peony and pendant of pearls and diamond rhinestones, which I converted into a brooch. All of the details were handsewn to the hat by me, except for the brooch which is pinned onto the peony.
Shoes: Refurbished black velvet boots into 18th century style shoes. Decorated with two kinds of black trim, a cream ribbon bow and silver cross brooches with blue cabochons.
Jewellery: Two pairs of earrings and a necklace disassembled and reassembled as a new single pair of earrings and pendant on a matching blue ribbon.
Narnian Gorgeous, gorgeous dress.
Mohmoh I admire all those details like the corset, padded under skirt and the hat. The whole costume ist sooo beautiful!
silent_dreaming Lovely! I love this style, it's so perfect for summer. I love the hint of blue from the petticoat. ^^