18th century, 18th century court dress, court dress, projects



Yeah. I’ve got lots to say, but the first is the most important: I STARTED!

I was initially thinking that this project would be all hand sewn, all historically accurate from the inside out. Well, let’s look at the date (May 28) and realize that we have two months to Costume College, and yeah, we’re going to have to skip a few things. Namely, no new chemise or paniers (I was going to make a new one, by hand, out of linen — but you know, I have a functional set that are basically the right shape, why reinvent the wheel when I don’t have time)? I haven’t yet decided if I’m doing a boned bodice or not (more on that later), but if I do, I’ll be doing the boning channels on the machine too.

I need an under-petticoat, because when I made my Marie Antoinette dress, I used the petticoat as a base to mount the skirt fabric. So I banged out a new petticoat in two days, mostly by machine except for a hand sewn hem because I am insane (really, because the pups were sad and wanted me on the couch, and because I was watching a semi-bad movie for Frock Flicks and I needed something to get me through it).

I’m excited, though, because I can now say ACTUAL PROGRESS HAS OCCURRED, which makes this project real and really going to happen! (How’s your’s going, by the way? I think a lot of people have dropped out, and a few made last year’s deadline. If you’re interested in participating or are already participating, make sure you join our Facebook group!)

And if you’re looking for guidance on making a court petticoat (under-petticoat and/or skirt), I recommend Katherine of The Fashionable Past’s tutorial!


Petticoat and inquisitive cat!


Inquisitive cat close-up! That’s Puff!


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  • Reply Trystan May 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Rare Puff sighting! That’s as amazing as you getting started on the court gown :-)

    • Reply kendra May 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

      I know! She’s so nocturnal, and I saw her under bright light and thought “DOCUMENT! DOCUMENT!”

  • Reply Kim May 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I’m under way too.. Grand panier, petticoat & skirt made. Corset mockup complete, train half complete AND husbands new court suit complete….. At the airport, heading to France for 3 weeks…… It will be 6 weeks of sewing madness upon my return!

  • Reply Isabel Northwode June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hey! A question:
    I won’t be able to make it to CoCo this year, and I certainly won’t next year as I’ll be in Scotland doing my masters. However, I’d love to lurk in the facebook group and maybe try making my own court gown next year, even though the deadline will be looooong past. Would that be alright? I’ve got a set of court stays on the coming-up list, and I’m dying to try one of the swoopy court bodices. =)
    Very much looking forward to following your progress on this!

    • Reply kendra June 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      I responded on FB, but just in case I’ll post here too — yes, of course! The more the merrier!

    • Reply kendra June 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Oh and YES, make court gowns for whenever!!

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