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Le petite manchette

Added Nov 24, 2009

by minnietheminks

Thurso, United K...






My major work project for the final year of my costume course. We had $200 NZ dollars and $80 NZD of workroom stock to make our chosen garments ( i came in under the radar at 163.30 NZD and 50 NZD). I wanted to make a mid 18th century gown and did so!

These photo’s where taken in a professional photo shoot for an award winning NZ hair artist.

Material Notes

Taffeta, cotton voile, lace, organza ribbon, pearls, silk and gimp




Garment Type
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Organza, Silk, Taffeta

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.50 PMby madcutlass

    Wow, I wish the costuming program I am in would do something like this. This an amazigly beautiful piece of work. You better get an A+ ;)

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    Dec 2, 2009, 09.18 PMby paula45870

    Stunning fit, cut and use of materials. A real work of art. Congratulations!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 08.33 PMby sunnydays212003

    This is amazing…i love the color and it looks like you put a lot of work into this awesome job!!!!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 06.26 PMby cosmicnun

    Looks just like the dress worn by Glenn Close in “Dangerous Liasons.” Really beautiful work here! Congratulations on your skill and creation with with. I’ve made a few of these dresses as costumes for theatre and opera, and they are quite a lot of work. You really made a gorgeous gown!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 01.19 PMby laurenmarieg

    This is so desirably beautiful! I love it, what an inspiration. x

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    Dec 2, 2009, 07.38 AMby bonybunz

    omg !! Are you kidding gals ? How can people be so crazy to do such a fool and huge project !!

    Most of the time handmade costumes are just screwed up and I’m never optimistic when catching an eye to it but here my eyes just get out of my head !!

    Congratulations, this is the best costume I’ve ever seen since a while !! And I’d like to congratulate your photograph too because this pic is simply amazing !!

    Now I feel a little depressed by my very low level compared to this sewed beauty so I’m heading to bed whenever I just woke up ____

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    Dec 2, 2009, 06.03 AMby d3liriums4m4


    Great work! So often, people make these dresses and get everything right… but they forget that trim makes the dress! The ruffles are fantastic, and really bring this costume to another level. I hope you didn’t have to cut all those glorious scallops by hand! They look great, but that’s not something I’d ever want to do by hand. I hope you have a glorious ball to wear this to, it would be a shame for it to never get danced in. _

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      Dec 6, 2009, 01.07 AMby minnietheminks

      I used a pinker. end of wood and a rubber hammer and made the trim by hand… then sewed it all on by hand… its what they used to do and it does make it look light and yum-sious. I would love to wear it but my model is a calssical ballerina and tiny so not hope for me, haha. One day maybe :) Thanks

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    Dec 1, 2009, 08.13 PMby Laura Jackson

    minnie, this is just phenomenal! I can dream….

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    Dec 1, 2009, 11.29 AMby metropolitanfrock

    Amazing work!

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    Dec 1, 2009, 09.24 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh wow minni, the amount of effort and skill is just amazing, I truly am stunned and in awe of your talent, well done, triple A plus plus! :) PS, I’m a Wellingtonian too (just hanging out in Perth at the moment) so great to see your work, keep it up, I’m sure you have a bright and exciting future ahead of you xx

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    Nov 30, 2009, 10.54 PMby damianadesigns

    Crazy Awesome!!!!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 03.48 AMby beastofcotton

    Incredible work and beautiful photo styling. I had to stare at the photo for ages to determine whether or not she was a porcelain doll.

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    Nov 29, 2009, 01.41 AMby beckydee

    This is absolutely spectacular! And working to such a tight budget! Incredible! I just finished some costumes for my year 12 art course this year and seeing your beautiful work has inspired me to continue exploring costuming……

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      Dec 6, 2009, 01.04 AMby minnietheminks

      Sweet as, another costumier maybe? :)

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    Nov 28, 2009, 12.05 AMby elishafaerie

    This is just fabulous, not my preferred period of costume, but this is done so very well! Did you even do the shoes!? Do you get a grade on this? If so would you share what you got, that’s got to be top marks there! The hair is beautiful in the first picture, too!

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      Dec 6, 2009, 01.04 AMby minnietheminks

      Hi there, I hired the shoes and did the decoration for them… my model had the same size as me which was hany fro seraching.

      I got 86 out of 100, not bad which was a A+, I was happy. Thanks

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    Nov 27, 2009, 10.51 PMby helenhulbert

    Amazing! I love every inch of this.

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    Nov 27, 2009, 11.45 AMby minnietheminks

    Hi again, all your comments are so kind, I kinda got sick of seeing the dress by the end of making it, but your comments have made me feel in love with it again.

    I have replied to those who asked me questions, but I do really appreicate all your comments. I hope to put up some of the techniques I used in some areas of the costume real soon as I documented the whole process for my work book. I will be posting my work book on my blog in the next day or so if you think it might be of interest. It will have a list of all my refernces etc.

    Thank you again :) xx

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    Nov 27, 2009, 06.50 AMby emelie11

    An amazing piece of artwork! Your choice of fabric – with the way the light shows off every ruffle and draws the eye around the dress – is absolute genius! Well done!

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    Nov 26, 2009, 06.54 PMby jillicious

    Bravo! You have a gift! What a talented gal you are! Again, Bravo!

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    Nov 26, 2009, 05.16 PMby lunatepetal

    whoa breath taking…

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    Nov 26, 2009, 05.15 PMby barbaraagatha

    Oh crap: that looks like a lot of work. I would feel like a sweatshop worker if I got through all that sewing.

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    Nov 26, 2009, 04.29 PMby katexxxxxx

    That’s really lovely. Did you draft everything yourself or use patterns? There are some excellent patterns about…

    And have you seen the work of this gentlemen? http://www.my-drewscostumes.dk/index.htm I love his work… And I also keep an eye on this one: http://www.ninyamikhaila.com/index.htm

    I have ambitions to make a gown with a quilted petticoat, but need to make stays first… I wish someone would commission me to do it!

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      Nov 27, 2009, 11.32 AMby minnietheminks

      Hi, I used patterns from Jean Hunnisett and consulted Janet Arnold. For the decoration I took inspiration from a portrait of Mme Pompadour and used a pinking iron to get the scalloped edge.

      I judged the decoration by eye and hand sewed them on to get a light effect that machining does not give…

      My fellow costume student, Kelly, hand quilted an 18th century mans waistcoat, it is amzing, you should go for it I reckon, will post some links i found useful on your wall soon.

      I am going to check out your links now…. :)

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    Nov 26, 2009, 02.48 PMby pascaleclaudine

    Reminds me of a costume, Madame de Pompadour wears on a painting. Great handicraft, congratulations!

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      Nov 27, 2009, 11.33 AMby minnietheminks

      I am glad to hear that as I replicated the decoration from one of her portraits, the one in which she is wearing a gown of green silk :) Thank you :)

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    Nov 26, 2009, 11.50 AMby madeleinefashion

    This is fantastic!!! i love it!!! How long did this take you?? I have just finished created my final collection. Though I am doing a fast tracked course so we haven’t had very long to create it. Where did you study as well I want to get into costume, so I created a costume collection for my final, but my college doesn’t really focus on that…

    Love your garments anyway!!! Xxx

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      Nov 27, 2009, 11.38 AMby minnietheminks

      Thanks so much :)

      I lost track of the time really as we have no scheduled class time to make this work, I just had to fit it in around my other classes, which was crazy when I think of it now!

      I went to Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School for two years, full time no stop in the Costume Construction course.

      Costume is so much fun and I love the whole history of clothing. What costume did you make for your final… will look at your projects.

      Thanks for your kind comments xx

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      Dec 3, 2009, 01.00 AMby madeleinefashion

      thank you for replying..
      i will look into that course!

      I have now uplaoded some photos of my final collections. they where pattern made in about 3days and sew in the same amount. :P

      in no way they compair to yours!!!!

      what are you planning on doing now that you have graduated???


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    Nov 26, 2009, 05.04 AMby robotsforbreakfast

    Absolutely gorgeous! Amazing job!

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    Nov 26, 2009, 01.04 AMby burre

    Amazing ,!!!!!!!

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    Nov 26, 2009, 12.38 AMby chasems

    This is so cool

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    Nov 26, 2009, 12.34 AMby annmariam

    I have shivers!

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    Nov 25, 2009, 09.01 PMby smallone

    wowzaaaaa! I am in complete awe!!!!!

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    Nov 25, 2009, 05.46 PMby seussian

    This is so AWESOME it’s not even funny- I wish I could just stare at this dress forever …..oh wait I have …

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      Nov 26, 2009, 12.14 AMby ink

      I am second with you on your comment!!!

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