Here is one of my old works - light empire dress of blue silk chiffon for Natalie.
The inspiration comes from her new hand embroidered shawl with nice paisley ornaments that you can see on the picture below. And my work was to create a gown that will match perfectly with this accessory and, at the same moment, be wonderful itself.
The decisions comes immediately - it should be light, glowing from the inside dress, simple, but refined at the same time, decorated with embroidery (made by another artisan), based on tracery lines of shawl figures. Hours of work - and here it is)
Yesterday I'd made the last fitting of the dress, now it's just a question of covering buttons with silk and finishing some other little decorative details. So in few weeks I'll share with you a high quality pictures of the ensemble and add a long post to describe everything about it. Now it's just a couple of fast-made photos of a happy owner as a prelude ;)
The inspiration of the project is a spencer jacket, underbodice and skirt from Kyoto Costume Institute, dated ca.1815.
But we go further, and now we have different looks with less material used:
Velvet skirt with white silk simple sleeveless bodice, decorated with plait, trimmed with silk pipping;
Long-sleeve spencer, the idea is taken from KCI item;
Ball/evening spencer from velvet, but with silk sleeves, decorated with scallops and pleating;
Regency bonnet, with plumes, silk trims and pearls, made in style of 1810s.