Here we go–write-ups on the costumes I made for a fantastic stay at Chateau de Pys, a glorious chateau in France I shared with eight costumers I love dearly.
When I decided I needed a third sacque in my costume closet, I wanted it to be a little different. I had made two already in solid colors and it was time I branched out into a sort of figured fabric–specifically, a cross-barred pattern. I searched high and low for a suitable silk, and was completely smitten when I found this taffeta at Fabric Guru. Who doesn’t want a plaid 18th century dress!
Although I used my first sacque (created at a workshop led by Janea Whitacre, so I knew the fit was proper) as a guide, this sacque gave me a little more headache with the fitting. (Perhaps it’s the new set of stays I made–bizarrely, they make me stand with a sway back, my belly thrust forward, so my posture is incorrect.) I added bust darts this time, which I didn’t need to do with my other two sacques, but the dress still fits rather loosely, even when laced as tight as possible in the back.
I will admit that the best part of working with the cross-barred pattern is that it worked like a perfect grid! I know I am built asymmetrically, but frankly, I couldn’t resist just making the dress perfectly symmetrical and lining up the seams with the pattern. It made things go so much easier!
For trimming, I decided the cross-barred dress at the Kyoto Costume Institute was rather right on, so I added lace up and down the front robe openings, complimented by ruched stripes of taffeta in a serpentine pattern. Bows at the breast and elbows in a contrasting olive green finished the look.
I decided to wear the sacque drawn up a la polonaise, which I think is such a charming look. I love wearing elegant sacques as evening wear, but I think they are absolutely darling as daywear, too! I styled this with my hedgehog wig and a flat hat.
I collected some images of cross-barred costumes on this Pinterest Board.
I’ll be back soon with my next costume!