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Sewing a Titanic era gown
rooskie
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Date: 1/1/12 11:47 PM

Hi!

I was wondering if anyone here planned on making an Edwardian era gown in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd love to discuss fabrics, patterns and inspiration if you are!

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Date: 1/26/12 12:49 PM

When the movie came out, there was a pattern for Rose's dress out there somewhere.....one of the big 4 had it.

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Date: 1/26/12 3:33 PM

Simplicity 8399

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Date: 1/26/12 5:31 PM

Join us in the Historical Costuming Sew-Along in the Sew-Alongs forum. There are a couple folks there who've either done them before or are doing them now.

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Date: 1/26/12 8:13 PM

I am planning a titanic era dress.
I have the 1910s tea gown from Sense and Sensibility. http://sensibility.com/patterns/1910s-tea-gown-pattern/
Would like to purchase the simplicity pattern and am seriously thinking about Laughing Moons 1909-1913 Day or Evening Dress
http://www.lafnmoon.com/product_p/p104.htm


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Date: 1/27/12 8:17 PM

I have my Titanic gown cut out. The Simpicity gown 8399 was out of print at the time - so based my gown on Simplicity 4055. It is a Regency era gown so is much closer fitting in the upper-skirt/ribcage and the sleeves are not the right ones. I see that Simplicity now has 8399 available to order on their website. Guess they brought it back for the 100th anniversary. My gown will be reminicent of the red/black gown in 8399 - but not excatly like it.

Have redesigned the bodice and skirts of the regency pattern so that the bodice seam ends up under the bustline - not across it. Also add to the top of the skirt patterns to give a bit looser fit there, too. Will be adding a folded bias band [attached only at the top of it - sewn into the bodice/skirt seam] to give more definition to the bust and hopefully eliminate a pregnant look to the tummy.

Here are the fabrics and some lace I have chosen for my gown:


The purple satin will be for the bodice, sleeves, and underskirt. The windowpane chiffon will be used for the overskirt. The lace will be applied in 2 rows with a darker purple chiffon ribbon with satin edges between each row.

Haven't quite figured out what sleeves I want to use yet. Thinking a loose sleeve to the elbows in satin.

I also am covering a wool felt hat with a wide brim in a red satin. The brim will be covered completely [top and underside] with the satin formed into pleats. Not sure if I will cover the crown or not. Will add feathers and other trims to it to make a truly Victorian looking hat.

I have some creme leather lace-up boots [turn of the century look] that I may wear with the gown.

Looking forward to hear what others are doing for their Titianic gowns.

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Date: 2/2/12 10:41 AM

Stirwatersblue, I will check out the forum. Where can I find it? Thanks!

andrea.m, what do you envision the completed gown to look like?

PittyPat, your gown sounds lovely! I especially love the windowpane chiffon. It adds such a lovely texture visually. Can't wait to see your progress on it!

Here are some patterns I'm considering. Embarrassingly, I own all of them but have never used any of them:
Laughing Moon #104 1909-1913 Day or Evening Dress
Promenade Patterns 1912 Evening Gown for Dinner or the Theater
Promenade Patterns 1910-1914 Gown for Dancing or Dinner
La Mode Bagatelle Artistic Reform Tea Gown
Janet Arnold's 1909-1910 Evening Dress

I may end up cobbling together a few different patterns to achieve the look I want, once I decide on what exactly that is! I think I want a kimono sleeve with a fitted undersleeve. I think I want a squared neckline with lace or embellishment on the bodice. The skirt is where I see having some fun. I want it to have an underskirt, with a draped overskirt, and perhaps an embroidered panel.

Colors I am considering are:
gold with burgundy overlay and teal accents
Dark purple/plum and teal accented with peacock feathers
gold, moss green and pink

The first thing I need to do is construct a corset. I found a pattern for a longer line corset, but I need to order the busk and boning so I can make it. Hopefully I can use it to straighten out some of my curves! Otherwise, I may be stuck making the Artistic Reform gown, which I don't find as flattering, but would be close enough to period correct, and would hide my figure flaws. If I did that gown, I would pleat the underdress Fortuny style to make it a bit more slimming.

I need to get started on this project, hearing other people's ideas helps motivate me!

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Date: 2/2/12 5:43 PM

Rooskie
Thanks for mentioning the Janet Arnold pattern. Dug out my book and the 1909-1910 Evening Dress is the one I am going to make.

The difficult part is now picking fabric.

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Date: 2/9/12 7:46 PM

I'm planning on making a Titanic dress, and have settled on Simplicity 8640 from my stash. Simplicity 8640

I set myself a target of only using fabric from my stash. I'm using a brown poly rayon for the body of the dress (and I plan on underlining it). I'll use an ivory silk with a gold stripe for the bodice, and I have some brown velvet that I'm going to use for some bias trim along the bottom of the skirt. I'm thinking of doing away with the zipper, and using closures that Janet Arnold would approve of.

I'm also going to make a corset and chemise. I've make up a muslin of the Laughing Moon Victorian corset already. I know an Edwardian corset would be more authentic, but I couldn't find a pattern.

I plan to wear this to a Titanic dinner party later in April. I've asked the guests to come in costume, but I think only a couple of people will.


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Date: 2/11/12 1:11 PM

Last September I made 'The Heaven Dress' from the Titanic Movie. There are photos, and a detailed photo gallery of the making of it on my website - www.rosemarydesigns.net
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