Saturday, May 26, 2012

1750's underpinnings continued...

Hello my dears! 
Here are the 1750's underpinnings. The chemise I already posted here.
Here is the corset.
It is Linen, lined with cotton. The straps have a patterned satin ribbon over the top for decoration. The embroidery and top stitching was all done with hand-quilting thread. It is also boned in the front to make the most accurate 1750's look on *ehem* my particular shape! And, of course, I made it too big like I always do on corsets, so it overlaps in the back. But then, you may as well be prepared for all those macarons and petit fours, oui?
And here is my favorite... Paniers! Or Pocket Hoops as some call them.
These are a MUST for any wardrobe because they are just so delightfully charming in their peculiarity.
I can't believe I forgot to take pictures of how they work...
But they are not complicated! They have a drawstring waist, casings for the boning, flat string connected to the ends of each bone and tied to form a semi circle. You see? It is quite simple!
And of course, there is a slit on the top of each side so you can reach quite through your skirts to find your hidden pocket in cases of extreme urgency!
And... here is the pocket! Made for me by my sweet cousin Olive. ♥
It ties on around the waist.

Now for petticoats...
Here, I have put on my 19th century petticoats to see the effect. Pretty, but not quite... well, poofy enough.

So instead I am using this blue petticoat (also made by Olive)! Isn't it charming? It is made in the same way petticoats were made in the 18th century. Here is an excellent tutorial on how to make an 18th c. petticoat!
The edge, instead of being hemmed, is pinked. It was a little bit short to begin with so we decided, "Why spend so much time hemming when you can spend a very little time.. pinking?" There are MANY, many gowns from the era with pinked edged trims and ruffles, so it is quite accurate. Though, I'm not entirely sure whether they did it on petticoats... hmm...
It too has openings on the sides.
Well, that is all I have for now. I hope you are enjoying my 'dress journey'.
Next up... stockings and shoes!
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All my Love,


Sherri Farley said...

She is quite lovely in her special underpinnings. She is lucky indeed to have such a wonderful waist pocket!

SisterlyLove said...

Simply elegant my dear cuz!


Jeannette said...

Such patient handwork...I imagine there is a contemplative peace that accompanies the stitches.

Anna said...

Oooh these are so pretty! I want to make underpinnings now! I love the corset! And all of it really! Lovely :)
♥ Anna