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Gown for an Elizabethan Ball

Added Feb 15, 2011

by alyb

London, United K...






I made this over Christmas and on into January, to wear at Gala Nocturna. The ball this year had an Elizabethan theme – as someone not too accustomed to that era, I decided not to make a 100% historically accurate gown but instead took elements that i liked from Elizabethan and Tudor styles.
Foolishly maybe :-), I made the outfit without the use of commercial patterns.
For the corset I used an online Elizabethan corset Generator to draft my own pattern and the skirt and sleeves was drafted up based on similar items I’d made in the past.

Oh yes, i also made my partner’s cape and hat too! (hasty addition, as i realised the best pic of my dress also had him in the photo too!!)

Material Notes

taffeta, brocade, furnishing fabric, venise lace, pearls, hotfix rhinestones.




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Other, Romantic
Lace/Sequins, Other, Taffeta

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    Feb 17, 2011, 06.57 PMby stuffit-1

    Oh my goodness…this is just beautiful! Love them both! You made them both fantastic! And the colors you chose are so lovely!

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      Feb 18, 2011, 09.42 AMby alyb

      Thanks! I’ve been wanting to make a red gown for ages and the gold warmed it up that little bit more! :-)

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    Feb 17, 2011, 06.15 AMby sealtopaz

    wow, wow, wow… I Love it!!! can you tell me how you Achieved the volume of the Skirt?

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      Feb 18, 2011, 09.44 AMby alyb

      I am wearing a very big hooped petticoat underneath. Its not period accurate (they would usually have a more triangular shaped farthingale underskirt) but I don’t often get the opportunity to wear this skirt as its so big! :-)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.39 PMby artepart

    Beautiful done,love the warm colours and the shape.Both costumes are fantastic.

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      Feb 16, 2011, 11.38 PMby alyb

      thank you! It is a bit colourful compared to what i’d usually wear :-) but I decided to add the gold underskirt in case the venue was dark and I didn’t want to blend into the shadows too much!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.36 PMby Douli Bee

    WOW!!!! Fantastic job!

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      Feb 16, 2011, 11.38 PMby alyb


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