I have two front pieces from a gown like the top one [my court dress inspiration image], which are embroidered with ribbons in different colours. They are ivory silk and are shaped. Do you want to e-mail me to discuss how I can share them with you? I also have some ribbons very like the originals.
Did I want to see them? DID I?
With Suzi’s permission, I am sharing the images she sent me with you all. They aren’t big images, but there are many and they are AMAZING. Clearly these are meant to be attached to a dress like the court dress I am making, or this dress at the Kyoto Costume Institute (which has painted panels, but it’s the same idea).
These are pretty fascinating. First, you’ve got the shaped panels. Next, the fact that the ribbon used is that “ombre” look that we tend to associate with the 18th century. Next, how the ribbon itself is used to couch other ribbons in places. The way a bit of silk embroidery floss is worked into the designs. Finally, the close ups of the back sides! I love seeing how they went ahead and moved from location to location without necessarily cutting and finishing the ribbon.