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Mantua 1740-50 Finished by Janes-Wardrobe Mantua 1740-50 Finished by Janes-Wardrobe
So here it is, the 1740-1750 Mantua.

The petticoat is a little longer than shown in this photo (it was still a WIP when this was taken).

I started this dress just over a week ago. So far I have spent a total of 45 hours on this and the undergarments.

I used 5 metres of silk brocade and 1 1/2 metres of linen in the gown and petticoat.
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Kari-xx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist
how do you fasten the stomacher?
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The stomacher has three tapes on each side and is pinned to the stays with ordinary straight pins. They don't come out because the stays don't move much once laced.
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Kari-xx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist
thanx^^
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome ;)
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Isiswardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Very, very pretty!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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NM-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Aw, this is lovely!!! :D
I love 18th century dresses sooooooo much!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D and thanks for the :+fav: :glomp:
It was fun to make as well...
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NM-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
You're always welcome! :glomp:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
that's it? just 5 metres? Sure did a grande job on it though :D Of course, I'm not supprised comming from Janes lovely wardrobe.
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you. :D Yep, 5 metres of silk in the gown and the forepart of the petticoat. The fabric was 60" wide. Period silk would have been about 30" wide and clothes were cut so as to use as much of the fabric as possible without waste - so 12 yards is probably the amount of fabric that would have been ordered for a dress like this.

The more I study period costume the more amazed I am at how little fabric is used in some of these seemingly huge gowns compared to the wasteful cutting of todays patterns.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yeah! Have you seen those old medieval dress patterns that use every piece of the fabric? like a bunch of triangles and squares that take up all the material space.
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Have I! Have you seen Kermes kirtle in my gallery? - I made that with about 2m of fabric and there was a handful of tiny scraps left over. There's even a pair of matching over sleeves.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
no I haven't, going to check that out now :D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing! Sewing still baffles me and something that complex... Well, my hat's off to you!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :hug:
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chasingrainbows Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Well, I cant say anything that hasn't already been said. It was a wonderful idea and it turned out even better!

Definately a fantastic choice of fabric for this design.

Very inspirational, as always.
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :D I've been rooting through my fabric stash for my next two creations - I thinnk I've got enough for the Victorian one...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy begezus! That is amazing, I love how it all came together (and, the picture is stunning, too - the fabric looks wonderful under natural lights)
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you - I must say I'm pretty pleased with it. I'm hoping I can find a real person to model it and hopefully with some lovely lighting. That's something I can't knock about here - when it's sunny the light is fantastic. Mid January and just look at those skies ;) and it was warm enough to be outside in a long sleeved t-shirt!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know - mid January and it looks beautiful out! You're making me very, very envious ;P

A model would definitely be great - do you have any period hats that she could wear, too? I dunno why, but it just seems like an outfit that needs a hat to go with it :D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautifully sunny and warm in the sunshine but still very cold in the shade and frosts at night.

I'm not too sure about hats for this particular gown. Certainly hair was dressed - spectacularly with extra hair and lambswool and often powdered. Quite often it wasn't touched for several weeks at a time once dressed - women slept - like Marge Simpson - with a wrap and on a some sort of prop to keep their hair looking good.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really>? Wow... what people really won't do for fashion! My friend is working on wigs for an Opera company around here, and she's trying to design something that would go with this, and she's just going higher... and higher... and higher... with the hair. It's insane!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Higher, higher and higher is probably the way to go - especially if it's for the stage. There are contemporary accounts of women having to lean forward in carriages because their hair was so high they couldn't sit upright!
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joharasaluki Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
WWWonderful!!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :hug: :kiss:
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work! :clap:
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: you're welcome :)
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sitara-lukyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Its amazing, sweetie - its a shame you can't wear it! The colour is quite different from the pictures inside (or my memory serves me wrong lol!)
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The pictures inside just didn't do it any justice as all. The colour is much more like the photo's taken in natural light :D

I'm not sure the colour is me anyway - I'm planning of a fantastic Victorian ensemble for myself in shades of blue...
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sitara-lukyan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Ooh, blue sounds good :D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd better take some fabric pics ;) - I hope it's sunny tomorrow.
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sitara-lukyan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Me too :D
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amalym Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
It is lovely!! I bet it would be fun to wear too:D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope so - pity it won't fit me :( and thanks :D
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amalym Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
awe - is it for a customer then?
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
For the first person that it fits that has the money...
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amalym Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
hehe then why didn`t you make it fit yourself?
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Because I'm making some samples for a show and I need things that will look fasntastic on my two tailors dummies and something for me. I've never made anything for this period before so it had to be on a model - human or a dummy! It's very difficult to fit yourself. My dummies are a size 12 an a size 16.
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amalym Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
ah I see now I get it....so what else will you be making and what will you make for yourself?
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The plan is a Regency dress with a Spencer jacket - a la Jane Austen. and a late Victorian number for me - I'll be doing diaries and lots of pics for those as well...
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Shaniah Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done!

I need to do my work list for this week!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Merci beaucoup.

Moi aussi, j'ai besoin faire un robe de le debut de la 19 ieme siecle et une autre de le fin de la meme siecle.

La dernier robe est pour moi :D

J'espere j'ai trouve le vrait tissu en Limoges :fingerscossed:

j'espere tu comprend ma francais - corrige moi si je fait mal s'il te plait.
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Shaniah Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I looooove the 19th... The beginning with the "empire" style and a higher waistline... *_____* I dream about a spring dress like this! And the end, more Victorian (and so much fabric I must sell my house to shop it!)

Okay, now I'll correct your french XD you can correct my english too :p

Merci beaucoup.
>>okay!

Moi aussi, j'ai besoin faire un robe de le debut de la 19 ieme siecle et une autre de le fin de la meme siecle.
>> Moi aussi, j'ai besoin de faire une robe du début du 19ème siècle et une autre de la fin du même siècle.

(et oui... une robe, une fin, un siècle... darn! French sucks :p)


La dernier robe est pour moi :D
>> La dernière robe est pour moi (mais on dira plutôt, comme celà se passe dans le futur "La dernière robe sera pour moi")

J'espere j'ai trouve le vrait tissu en Limoges :fingerscossed:
>> J'espère (ou 'je pense';) avoir trouvé le bon tissu à Limoges.

j'espere tu comprend ma francais - corrige moi si je fait mal s'il te plait.
>> J'espère que tu comprends mon français - corrige moi si je fais des erreurs s'il te plait.
(faire mal = provoquer de la douleur avec un coup par exemple.)
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the corrections - French is so difficult!

I dream about a spring dress like this!
I dream abut having/owning a spring dress like this. (Keep watching my page - I've finished the dress I just need a nice day to take photographs.)

And the end, more Victorian (and so much fabric I must sell my house to shop it!)
I must sell my house to buy it!

Okay, now I'll correct your french XD you can correct my english too
I'll correct your French you can correct my English too.

Merci beaucoup.
>>okay!

Pas de probleme!

English has its own peculiarities ;) words like French and English ALWAYS start with a capital letter!
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Shaniah Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've learned the capital thing... it was so long ago!
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Ta Da! well done!
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