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18th century gown

Added May 11, 2011

by klassykate

Phoenix, Arizona...






I just recently finished working on sewing costumes for the play A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I got to make all of Lucie Manette’s gowns and this is one of the only ones that I really got any good pictures on. I still don’t like the pictures that much but what are you going to do? Anyways. This dress was designed specifically for the year of 1775. I chose the pink because Lucie was still pretty young during the scene she wore it in. I was inspired by several different photos of different genuine 1770’s gowns. I included one of the pictures that inspired my design. The gown can either be worn with the skirt pulled up with button loops or unbuttoned with the skirt draped flat. The plain pink under the striped pink is not attached to the dress, but it is a separate skirt. the dress has a zipper for fast costume changes in the play. All of the dresses fit the actress perfectly and this pink one was her favorite.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Other

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    Jan 24, 2012, 11.05 PMby rocketshipromance

    Ohmygoodness! Your dresses are SO AMAZING! I love, love, love them! You’re extremely talented to be sewing at this sort of level. Great job!

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    May 12, 2011, 11.46 PMby minnietheminks

    I adore the a’la polonaise view from the back, wonderful work, well done

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      May 13, 2011, 12.59 AMby klassykate

      It excites me that you knew it was called a’la polonaise! Thank you!

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    May 12, 2011, 02.07 PMby knighttemplar

    I really like this! I would love to be a historical costumer…sigh

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      May 13, 2011, 01.00 AMby klassykate

      Thank you! I am just a wannabe costumer right now =)

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    May 12, 2011, 02.10 AMby cantare

    You must have some extensive historic experience! I worked in a museum of historic costume and am in love with the beauty and details. Excellent!

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      May 13, 2011, 12.58 AMby klassykate

      haha I’ve just done hours and hours of internet research and book here and there from the library.

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    May 11, 2011, 01.01 PMby max

    Beautiful! Love the detail!

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    May 11, 2011, 11.49 AMby Debby H

    Thats fantastic. You shouldn’t be concerned about the pics the finished article speaks for itself.

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      May 13, 2011, 01.00 AMby klassykate

      Thank you so much, that means a lot.

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    May 11, 2011, 11.47 AMby tinybows

    absolutely gorgeous! i’d love to see the actress in it!

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      May 13, 2011, 01.01 AMby klassykate

      Thank you! I may add pictures of her in it in the future.

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    May 11, 2011, 11.39 AMby integerclub

    This is just amazing!

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      May 13, 2011, 01.01 AMby klassykate

      thanks so much!

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    May 11, 2011, 10.58 AMby katecner

    So beautiful! Really impressing!

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    May 11, 2011, 10.15 AMby lila-1

    i love the fabric you used for the pink one. and its so gorgeous, this must have been so much work1!!

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    May 11, 2011, 07.45 AMby emily-marie

    nice work, this is a really beautiful piece! I really appreciate good costume research + great craftsmanship!

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      May 13, 2011, 01.03 AMby klassykate

      Thank you! It’s always nice to know us behind the scenes people are being appreciated by someone. =)

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    May 11, 2011, 07.24 AMby Jlcrane

    This is beyond amazing! I could only hope to achieve something like this. Well done!

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    May 11, 2011, 06.39 AMby janene

    Such a wonderful dress. I love the bustle detailing and the colour and all the pretty ruffles. And finished so neatly too.

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      May 13, 2011, 01.04 AMby klassykate

      Thank you so much!

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    May 11, 2011, 06.35 AMby VintageFusion

    wow gorgeous !

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    May 11, 2011, 06.25 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    beautiful! id love to waltz around the house when no ones home wearing this!

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      May 13, 2011, 01.05 AMby klassykate

      Haha me too!!!

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    May 11, 2011, 06.24 AMby loulourosa

    It’s a wonderfull dress, with so many beautifull details. This is a piece of work to be proud of!

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    May 11, 2011, 05.47 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i am so deeply impressed by your workingskills! this is so well made and adorable! WOW!!

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      May 13, 2011, 01.05 AMby klassykate

      oh thank you so much!

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