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Robe à l'anglaise - complete outfit

Added Jul 23, 2012

by Craftine

Castlerock, France






Here is a big project that I finished a few months ago.
I waited for the sun to be able to organize a photo shoot…

This is a complete outfit inspired by the 18th century;

- A robe l’anglaise consists of a coat dress and a petticoat.
The coat dress is made ​​of linen and can be worn tucked up ( la polonaise).
The petticoat is made of heavy shiny pink cotton with an old pink trimming sewed on the hem.
The trimming are made of faux buttons, ribbons pleats, pink organza and gold braid.

- A stomacher with fake buttons covered with the same fabric as the petticoat.

- A straw hat trimmed with Calais lace and old feathers

- A pair of shoes painted and completely transformed.

Oh! I forgot to mention underwear; shift, stays, pocket hoops + bustle and petticoat!

If you’re interested, I wrote two tutorials on my blog explaining how to make a hat and how transforming a pair of shoes:


Material Notes

cotton, linen, organza



Related Techniques


Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Linen, Organza

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    Sep 22, 2017, 02.05 AMby cbsheff

    You are my HERO

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    Sep 12, 2014, 11.47 AMby KamySole

    Extraordinaire… hope you are an actrice or an opera signer… Where and when can you were something like this??? Just enjoy sewing it… Fantastic result … looks perfect on you… Bravo!

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    Dec 9, 2012, 07.47 PMby littlecuckoo

    this is simply beautiful your such a talent. I’m planning on making my first 18th century gown soon so excited but its such a big project it’s scary.

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    Aug 10, 2012, 08.37 PMby chicaroja

    mon dieux! i am completely blown away! nice job on the styling too – your purple hair is perfect. i insist you update your level from novice this instant! thank you for the inspiration. :)

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      Aug 18, 2012, 07.59 AMby Craftine

      Thanks Chicaroja! the hair was a bit complicated to make, I use a small pillow to add volume, tons of hairspray and lots of talc…

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    Aug 8, 2012, 08.33 AMby joost52

    Gosh, where does one even start to comment on something as amazing as this. This is an enormous effort and the end result is something to be more than proud of. I feel like a little boy in the candy shop looking at all them little intricate details you made with so much dedication. I tip my hat to you miss, you’re a goddess among us mere mortals.

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      Aug 18, 2012, 07.55 AMby Craftine

      what a compliment!!! Thank you so much! : )

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    Jul 27, 2012, 02.54 AMby ink

    Craftine, deliciously decadent, the beautiful saturated colours——— such a delight. Everyone has stated the wonders!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 09.52 AMby libra-s

    Wow!!! Beautiful !! You are abviously very talented and patient !! I can’t stop scrolling the page up and down to look at gorgeous photos again an again!! Well done!!!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 01.29 PMby Craftine

      Thanks Libra!
      I added some new photos and a collage with “in progress” pictures. : )

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    Jul 25, 2012, 09.52 AMby libra-s

    Wow!!! Beautiful !! You are abviously very talented and patient !! I can’t stop scrolling the page up and down to look at gorgeous photos again an again!! Well done!!!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 09.08 AMby laurii

    this is stunning! i absolutely love it x

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    Jul 25, 2012, 09.02 AMby loulourosa

    Wow, this is realy beautifull! the details are perfect, the underwear everything,… congratulations!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 09.07 AMby Craftine

      Thank you!
      details are my favorite part when I sew! : )

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    Jul 25, 2012, 06.40 AMby Kim Mullins

    Wow i hope you work in costume production! thats seriously talented work i wish i could sew like that!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 09.12 AMby Craftine

      I would like so much! But I’m a graphicdesigner, I started sewing a year ago and a half and I learned on the job slowly. So I think it takes me more time to complete a project that someone who has been trained in sewing … But I begin to go slightly faster! ; )

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    Jul 24, 2012, 11.48 AMby EmmaDarwin

    Ummmm hello, this is freaking amazing!! Good job, the photos are magical, dreamy even. I love love love it…

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    Jul 24, 2012, 07.13 AMby kintijap

    The most romantic outfit I have seen lately and together with picture #4 it looks amazing!!!

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      Jul 24, 2012, 09.15 AMby Craftine

      Thank you, “Romantic” was one of the keywords of this project ; )

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    Jul 24, 2012, 06.14 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    just a stunning masterpiece, that is all i can say! WOW!!!!

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      Jul 24, 2012, 09.14 AMby Craftine

      Thank you Ralf! : )

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    Jul 24, 2012, 12.10 AMby schnui

    This whole project is absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations and I hope you get to wear it to many special occasions.

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      Jul 24, 2012, 09.14 AMby Craftine

      I wish I could wear this kind of clothes more often! Unfortunately this is not very convenient to move with all this mass of fabrics and it takes forever to get dressed…Almost 20 minutes just to put everything! : )

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    Jul 23, 2012, 10.48 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    amazing job! what a time consuming project!

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      Jul 24, 2012, 09.10 AMby Craftine

      Thanks! it took me approximately two weeks of work in total. The longest part was the decorations : trimming, box pleats, cover and sew on buttons…

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    Jul 23, 2012, 09.15 PMby wildcatspow

    Whoa!! This is amazing! Great job!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 08.14 PMby darkhorse

    That is absolutely incredible – well done! :)

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    Jul 23, 2012, 07.24 PMby Anne Wagenhauser


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    Jul 23, 2012, 02.58 PMby thewallinna

    The only word I can say now is WOW! Mind-blowing outfit!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 02.56 PMby bohemiannow

    amazing! well done!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 02.16 PMby ttnora

    Wow, wow, wow! It’s beautiful!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 02.08 PMby Mary Athey

    incredible work!!! everything about this from the hat to the photos is just stunning xxx

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    Jul 23, 2012, 02.00 PMby CelticButterfly

    This is fantastic! You’re very talented.

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    Jul 23, 2012, 01.43 PMby Craftine

    Thank you very much! : )

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    Jul 23, 2012, 01.25 PMby sewknitting

    Wow, beautiful! Looks very well made!

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