One of my favorite 18th outfits to wear is the Ikea curtain one I did that was inspired by this one in the Duchess. It's cotton so it can be thrown in the wash and is cool and comfy and it looks pretty and floofy. So I wanted to make something similar with this fabric.
I basically did the same thing I did for the Duchess repro - used my 18th C body block to make the bodice, then just added sleeves and a pleated, rounded rectangle for the "tail." I'd wanted to trim the pinked pleated trim with some fuschia braid but had a mishap and didn't have enough so I went back through my trim stash until I found a narrow ribbon that I thought would work.
I really loved the look of A Fractured Fairytale's flounced print petticoat and I had enough fabric (just barely!) to add a flounce, so I did. The flounce and other pleated trim is pinked with scalloped shears then stitched to the outfit. The petticoat is just two widths of fabric with a box pleated ruffle of 4 widths of fabric. Between my trying very hard to get the pattern matching right on the front and back bodice pieces, all the self fabric trim and the flounce there was hardly any fabric left when I was done!
The Challenge: Pink
Fabric: Pink and aqua floral chintz
Pattern: my own
Year: 1780sNotions: narrow ribbon, hooks and bars, thread
How historically accurate is it? Somewhat? Inside seams are machine sewn.
Hours to complete: about 16
First worn: Not yet!
Total cost: All stash materials so "free"