> In the photos section I have the pictures of my almost completed
> florentine gown, I am still working on the partlet and I hope it will
> be done pretty soon!
> I would love any comments back on it!
I took a look at your dress and overall it looks very nice. The fabric
was quite a find...cotton with such a nice print on it!
For next time I would recommend a couple of things....
-Better fitting through the bodice. In the painting, the bodice appears
very fitted and/or stiff with no wrinkling. The bodice of your purple
dress looks like it isn't giving you much support. If you use a good,
stiff lining (my favorite is hair canvas which is used in men's suits),
you will have better support and no wrinkling.
-For the sleeves, try using a fitted sleeve base and then build your
sleeve elements on top of the sleeve base. That way, when you do the
fancy pouf at the top, it won't slide down your arm and flatten out. It
will stay put! And you can use bits of scrap chemise to stuff into the
pouf and slashes to give the appearance of the chemise underneath. This
is a very period thing to do. You still wear a chemise, but the parts
that people can see don't move and shift. They stay put and look
beautiful all the time.
Hope that helps!
"Everything for the Costumer"