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January Theme Historical Lolita: 18th Century Robe a la Francaise 
24th-Jan-2013 12:56 pm
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For the January Historical Lolita theme I would like to show my dress, inspired by an 18th century robe a la francaise (aka a "sack back" dress).

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The dress and underskirt is made of a crisp silk material.

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The dress is decorated with faux pearls, pleated ribbon, ribbon roses and bows, and 2 kinds of venise lace.
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A side view:
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Back view:
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(Oops I didn't realize I missed ironing that back bottom part).

The pleated "cape" is detachable, with the hooks hidden underneath the collar.
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The overskirt is edged with floral venise lace and little roses, and is accented with some big silk fabric flowers. The underskirt is trimmed with wide venise lace that matches the sleeve cuffs.
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I wore the outfit in a fashion show last Saturday, along with a coat and these accessories:
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The leather gloves are vintage and I originally wore the tiara for my wedding. =)

I didn't take a picture of my dress without the coat until I came home, so I apologize for the night-time flash photo!
Robe a la francaise
The silk shoes and buckles are by American Duchess. The tights are from Forever 21.

I know the dress is a bit longer than the usual lolita silhouette, but I based a lot of my cutting and tailoring decisions on the salvaged beading.

Just before the show someone took a photo of me.
Photo by Sally Norton
(Picture by Sally Norton).

I made the dress using fabric from a vintage wedding dress. Some more pictures and construction details can be found on my blog:
http://freshfrippery.com/2013/01/24/robe-a-la-francaise-18th-century-lolita-dress-project/

Comments 
24th-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
This is insanely beautiful and you are incredibly talented!
24th-Jan-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the kind comment!
24th-Jan-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh wow this is fantastic, you are so talented. It's the perfect wedding dress actually, I would have loved to get married in something like that <3
24th-Jan-2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! Haha, yes after I finished making it I briefly thought, "Why didn't I make this a couple years ago?" but I am very happy with the dress I did get married in.
24th-Jan-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
wow wow wow!!!
24th-Jan-2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. =)
24th-Jan-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing piece of work !
24th-Jan-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Aw thanks!
24th-Jan-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
That dress is....divine. The attention to detail and decorations make it absolutely stunning. Beautiful work!

Oh and I love American Duchess shoes! I'm saving up for a pair of the Victorians boots. XD

Edited to add a question: How did you get such perfect ribbon pleats? I slave over ribbons with starch, iron and ruler, swearing for hours and still end up with wonky trim.

Edited at 2013-01-24 10:44 pm (UTC)
24th-Jan-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

I am waiting for a pair of American Duchess boots as well! I have been looking for a good pair of boots without zippers so I'll be excited when they finally come!

You're sweet but my ribbon pleats aren't that perfect. I actually had to pick apart the back and redo them when I saw they looked weirdly uneven around the back collar after the dress was "done." =) For short stretches of pleating I sort of accordion pleat the ribbon softly first (trying not to really crease it) and pin it as I go. Then I tack it down with long stitches and take out the pins. The stitches keep the pleats in place while you're ironing and then I take them out afterwards.
24th-Jan-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous! I love the details!
24th-Jan-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it!
24th-Jan-2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Just.. amazing!
24th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
24th-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
WOW! This is absolutely stunning. I love dresses with capes on them so it was a lovely surprise to see that on your dress.
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful work.
24th-Jan-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
This is my first dress with a cape and I want more haha! Do you wear caped dresses often? I'd love to see some more examples!
24th-Jan-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
very pretty. I love all the detailing.
24th-Jan-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. =)
24th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
That dress is gorgeous! Wonderful job, it looks amazing.
24th-Jan-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
You're very kind!
24th-Jan-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
That is incredibly beautiful. Sack back dresses are my favourite type of 18th century gown so it's fantastic to see such a beautiful example of a Lolita one. I think the design works so much better being slightly longer than the traditional Lolita length, the last time BABY made 18th century styled dresses they didn't look as good because the proportions of the detailing looked off when done on a shorter dress. Yours looks perfect

And that bodice! That beading work is simply stunning!
24th-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. =) Ah you love 18th century! Do you do any historical sewing or reenactment?

The beading is what drew me to buy the old wedding dress! It took me a while to take apart the dress and save and make minor repairs on the beading, but it was worth it!
24th-Jan-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful!!!! :) <3
25th-Jan-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!
25th-Jan-2013 12:16 am (UTC)
One of the best posts I have ever seen here. I loooooove the "sack-back" style :D
25th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Aw, that's really sweet of you to say!
25th-Jan-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
I saw this in the event photos and thought it was so lovely. Nice to see better photos of it!
25th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Ooh are you also a GBACG member?
25th-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
This is GORGEOUS. Simply amazing.
25th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Your icon is mesmerizing every time I see it.
25th-Jan-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
This is brilliant! You could try a Pompadour hairdo or a curly wig for an even more accurate effect.

*wants to caress dress*
25th-Jan-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I do have a pompadour wig that I have worn with my other 18th century stuff.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivien_misc/5155048389/in/set-72157625333708840
25th-Jan-2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I am drooling insanely over this dress. You're amazingly talented!
25th-Jan-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
25th-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Wow! That dress is amazing.
25th-Jan-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like it!
25th-Jan-2013 05:00 am (UTC)
I am absolutely blown away by how gorgeous this looks! You're so talented!
25th-Jan-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the sweet comments!
25th-Jan-2013 06:37 am (UTC)
that's gorgeous, you're really talented =D
25th-Jan-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. =)
25th-Jan-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
It looks fantastic! I especially love all the front decoration pearls!
25th-Jan-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered that you like it!
25th-Jan-2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Just beautiful!
25th-Jan-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
25th-Jan-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I am in awe!!
25th-Jan-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! =)
25th-Jan-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, this is amazing. I love the lace and pearl accents, it looks like something I'd get married in.
26th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! Since it's made from wedding dress material that'd be appropriate!
26th-Jan-2013 11:44 am (UTC)
This is lovely! <3<3<3
26th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. =)
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