Added Nov 23, 2010
San Diego, Calif...
Here’s my entry for the Bernina Party through the Decades competition!
The era that I chose was late 18th century French fashion (1760s -70s if I had to be specific), but I was also really inspired by other things from that period like paintings by Fragonard and Rococo prints.
Although nearly all the dresses from that era were long-sleeved, I knew I wanted to make a strapless version for versatility. So instead of having regular dress sleeves, I made a (very) fitted bolero in order to incorporate the sleeves and ruffled neckline that I had in mind.
I also made all the pieces separately (versatility again) so that I could change it into a look from my favorite 20th century decade – the 50s! I made the top reversible so that the pieces could double as another look without the underskirt and with the overskirt untucked. Voil! A 50s style outfit :)
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