It's time for Part Three, garment three - The Empire Waist One Piece Dress! All three garments are now revealed in full!
Missed Parts One and Two? You're missing out! You can read and view Part One here and Part Two here!
Part Three is a go! It's hard for me to pick a favorite out of all of these, but I think the OP is probably my favorite of the three. I had no idea I would have enough fabric for it, but in the end it was JUST ENOUGH. Like I was literally squishing in the pattern pieces to the fabric layout! I was so lucky to make it work, and sewing it was a breeze in comparison to the other pieces. The Underbust JSK gave me the most trouble, but it did teach me a lot in the process.
All in all I couldn't be more pleased with how they all came out and how popular they became! I wish so much that I had lots more fabric. It was fun coming up with different designs using the same fabrics. It was like a challenge!
Oh yes, photos, the real reason you are here. Let's go!
The Walking Museum
Empire Waist One Piece Dress
The Bodice features a gold brocade embroidered metallic ribbon at the waist with detachable bow. There is also gold lace along the princess seams, and embroidered lace across with gold braiding. The sleeves are elasticated raglan puff sleeves trimmed with black power mesh.
Surprise! I added a bustle! Let's look...
The bustle in it's full glory. You all know I'm a bustle addict. It's literally my favorite clothing detail in Lolita Fashion and many of my handmades feature a bustle someway somehow. This bustle is made out of black poly taffeta, so it swishes as you move! Very regal! I also overlaid the ruffles with a floral lace fabric - something else I've been doing a lot lately with my bustles. There are also super long waist ties for the added flair (also detachable). The back is partially shirred as well with the usual ribbon lacing. Both the waist ties and the lacing are black grosgrain.
You can see the trims and fabrics better in these images.
I'm really in love with the gold trims here. They all came together perfectly. Secret: The gold lace at the princess lines is an old beading lace I removed the ribbon from and cut in half. I had it left over from another old project. You'd never know! (Well now you do, ha!)
Added the Moss Marchen accessories again~
The gold waist ribbon reminds me of Byzantium, I guess thats why I loved it so much as soon as I saw it. What I would do for a Byzantine printed fabric...
It's a different edging lace from the High Waist Skirt. It was also a lace I had on hand. I hoarded yards upon yards of this lace and I'm going to make sure it gets used up. But yes, I used the black Chinese braiding again. Looks like I'm going to hoard braidings next. They are also quite inexpensive. This chunky one was only $2 per yard. Slimmer ones could be as low as $0.50/yd! They also come in every color under the sun, expect to pay a little more for metallic ones though.
Now it's time for...
Name That Painting!
I need a little help identifying all the paintings that were used in this fabric. Can you tell me their names? Art History buffs I need you! They all are familiar to me, but I can't recall their names or who painted them and when.
Louis XVI? Circa?
Mystery fans...not sure if this is an actual painting or what. My hunch is that they are scans of antique fans or some mashup vector art of some kind.
Who is this lovely lady?
And this famous still life I swear I've seen in person before. I would swear it's is or was on display at the MET...
Who can uncover they mystery of all the images and name all the paintings?
Whoever can comment first with all the answers will win a free little trinket from me! An accessory that coordinates with this collections' black and gold details.
Oh but hey guys, I'm not through with you yet! I also made coordinating headdresses for these items! Those will be revealed tomorrow, Monday January 19th, 12PM EST like we have been! I'm on a roll aren't I? There will be no shortage of content from me anymore.
Many more projects are in the works, stick with me!
Thank you for reading and viewing and I hope you have enjoyed these posts! Comment and let me know what you think!