Status: passed on to a friend
Year finished: 2004
To Do: n/a
Updates since last photo: n/a
Inspiration: several tapestries and portraits.
This gown was based on two portraits of probably different women in the same gown and of figures that appear in tapestries and one in a Cranach religious painting. I used a set of four large curtains in yellow cotton with a fine raised trellis pattern of floating warp threads and a set of cotton percale sheets for the lining.
I was fortunate to have hair wispy enough at this time to recreate a hairstyle also seen in tapestries and sketches/woodcuts.
The pattern is a full length waistless front with a triangle neckline, and pleated skirt panels at the back.
My fabric was stable enough to retain the neckline shape however in another garment I extended the back neckline into two points to create the sides of the front neckline. It is a much better pattern for fabrics not as sturdy.