this one’s been on my drawing board for almost a year. it’s maybe too easy an out, but part of the reason i decided to try TSW was to bring pieces off the board and into real life.
i’m going with a modern pattern, vogue 8409, to avoid a full costume look. this particular tea gown is especially easy to take too far, since modern materials can’t seem to match the elegance of the bead- and lace-work on the movie dress.
for example, the work put into this version (from the sense & sensibility website) is truly amazing, and i can see why the owner is rightfully proud of it. but it’s not the look i’m going for. (not my cup of tea, perhaps)
i’ve finished the dress and done it up in a creamy cotton eyelet from B&J, and re-drafted the sleeves to go for more of a bell look. i also put in a gathered pleat in the back of the skirt. i’m having serious pleat obsession right now.
i made a slip dress in a green silk from a 1930s pattern, and i hate it, but it looks pretty good under the dress. (full reveal in a proper TSW post, hopefully tomorrow, but don’t hold me to that.)
what’s still on the table for discussion is the belt. the belt on that dress in the film is sort of insane.
so, do i got for a modern, clean obi-style belt, like this one i’ve got cut and ready to go from simplicity 1920?
or maybe something…fuller, with more volume? like a cummerbund?
most of all, is it “overdesigned” — the dreaded project runway word — if i add some pleats to it, colette pastille-style, to mimic the tiers of the original skirt?