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Chemise a la Reine (aka chemise a la gaulle) by giusynuno Chemise a la Reine (aka chemise a la gaulle) by giusynuno
I'm in the middle of a costume-making-rush to complete a portfolio that I don't know when I'll need (I was told June but I KNOW it's not going to be before August-September...) and I have to make original historical dresses from the late 17th to the 20th century. Kill me. Time is flying since I also work =_=;;
So well, to make at least one item quick and unexpensive I decided to make a chemise a la Reine, that I have been thinking to make since some time ago and never really got around to^^

I didn't have a pattern or construction indications for this one, so I put together my ideas from studying for hours this 3.bp.blogspot.com/_sSwzHKrMqeg… Marie Antoinette painting (the infamous she-was-in-negligee one xD) and some VERY approximate indications I once read in a book and came out with this pattern, which actually is a huge cilinder with holes for the sleeves (two cilinders, too), internal strings to gather the fabric and bias ruffles on the collar :D
The belt and ribbons are made of a rather sturdy taffetà I had in the house. I don't think I've seen this colour used in paintings but well, I love red and I didn't need to buy it XXD
The chemise is made of an extremely flimsy linen for the external layer and 100%synthetic something for the internal one, and is supposed to be worn with a petticoat (corded or not, it works well with both) and a jump :)
I'll make a straw hat for this one day...when I'll be over with the portfolio XD
There is a much more patterned chemise in history, that has an almost-polonaise back, but I really didn't want to spend too much time on this^^ I'll try one one day, though.
The last photo is a detail of the chemise's ruffles with the fichus I made to go with most my 18th century dresses xD

By the way, the fabric comes from a curtain 280x380 I bought for 5€. Bless street markets. They really help sometimes XXXDD

Pattern&dress making: me XD

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Marie Antoinette inspired chemise a la reine by giusynuno
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CalidaMaurus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
WOW!!! love it <3 particularly the red sash :)
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giusynuno Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much dear!!!!!:heart:
I'm so glad you like it!!:hug:
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imaKuteMole Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that... that is a gorgeous dress.
I wish I had the skills to make something as beautiful as that :P
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! :heart: I'm so happy you like it!!
It's really not that difficult to make, even if it looks like it^^ It's basically a huge tube of fabric gained at the waist and collar with holes for the arms (that are two tubes gained at the elbow and wrist) :D
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imaKuteMole Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome <3

hmm.. simple but beautiful then.... hmmm I may have to try and make one one day :3
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Namecchan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Va bene, Giushi.
Hai il permesso di farmi un vestito cosi'.

Clo Snail
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Guarda, visto che sto finendo il tuo regalo (scusa il ritardo ma ci sono stati casotti con lavoro e il tutto si è rallentato ;__;) ci aggiungo anche questo :heart::heart:
Btw, ho finito credito internet, domani me lo rinnovano e torno a farmi viva su whatsapp :tighthug:
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Namecchan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
A proposito di regali, io ho spedito il tuo intorno al 12 Aprile.. Fammi sapere se ti arriva qualcosa! C:
E grazie! Sapevo non sarebbe stato un problema per te farmi l'abito! XD

Chuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

See ya on Whatsapp! <:
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
>/////////< ma che lumachella stupidella che sei!! Grazie!! Ti aggiornerò sull'arrivo, confidiamo nelle poste italiane! :heart:
Ah tranquilla, lo sai che mi diverte cucire :heart:
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Namecchan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Giushi~! Ma stavo scherzando per l'abito, vero?! Ahah, troppo impegnativo! D:
Ti obblighero' invece a farmi il cappello di Sunny, prima o poi... (tipo quando mi misuro la testa... == )

Love
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that big, red sash. I usually have to wear separates, myself, since nothing ever fits my proportions (including patterns that can't even be edited enough to fit), so I think I'll have to make myself a nice belt that looks like that.
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! I'm so happy you like it :D
I have quite huge proportion issues myself, and I've found out that huge belts like this help to cover separates or give a nice shape to dresses that are too big on the waist ;D
I made two separate pieces - the belt itself and the ribbon, that is attacched with ribbon clips :D is way more pratical and the shape it the same all over :D
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a really, really tiny waist...I basically look like I'm wearing a corset without one, so nothing fits properly. My personal thought for how to do it was to make a "belt" with a zipper in the back and put ribbons from the sides to tie in the back over the zipper to hide it.
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would be a perfect solution! zippers allow you to get the right size all around, too :D if you want more stiffness you can add a couple of corset bones on the seams :D
I really understand your problem...I have some 40or so centimeters of difference between waist and hips and 30 between bust and waist ==;; it's a pain to fit ANYTHING, not to mention buy suits for work =_=;;;
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have about the same difference between waist and hips, but my hips and bust are the same measurement. I'm also very short, at only 147 cm, so the distance between them is shorter than normal. I have to take in waists about 15 cm and shorten things at least that much, if they can even be made to fit at all.

I actually have material that wouldn't require corset boning. I also can't seem to find anything other than featherlite boning, which just simply isn't heavy enough or strong enough, as it just bends out of shape on the bottom of my rib cage, meaning that I get a couple wears out of something, and then the boning needs to be replaced or the garment isn't any good anymore, since it sometimes damages the fabric itself. But the fabric shops around here don't carry decent boning, neither do the big chain websites...
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I so understand your problem!! It's very difficult to find good boning material for me, too, and when I find it it's awfully expensive =_=;; have you ever tried with cable ties? I know it sounds strange but they do work good on corsets, even very tight ones! After I was suggested and tried them I haven't used anything else :D and they are also VERY cheap XD
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean those little plastic things that loop through one end? (I'm assuming that if that's what you mean, you would need to cut the end that it loops through off first.)
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giusynuno Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, those ones!! If you cut off the head they work wonders just like metal boning :D I'm using them all the time now because they're so cheap and you can wash them without being scared of the bones getting ruined (which has a name but I just can't remember it in English^^) :D
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NovelPashion Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:clap: :clap: :clap: Those are for you not using a pattern!!! Fantastic job I would not have been able to tell you if you hadn't used a pattern, this just looks so professional! :clap: :D Brava!

I am so jealous how prolific you are! ^_^
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so muuuuuuuuuuuch!!!! :tighthug:
It's absolutely impossible to find pattern of this particular version, I searched for months but nothing came out ==;; So I read during an exhibition that most probabily chemises at first were made as huge cilinders and decided to try it...
It worked XXXXXXDDDD easier than I would have tought XXXDDDD
Sewing relaxes me so I usually sew something everyday XD
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NovelPashion Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!:tighthug: :dance:
What you experienced, in not finding a pattern, is what I've come to believe the "bridge" that every costumer comes to. Like, there are absolutely no patterns to be found that can be transformed to fit your vision. That is when the "costumer" becomes the "artist." :D
Don't you just LOVE when a somewhat sketchy idea becomes reality?! Like you reading that book during the exhibition. It placed a clear enough idea in you mind that you were able to do it! I just LOVE :heart: when that happens! That happened to me with my first victorian costume.
Again, fantastic job! :woohoo:
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giusynuno Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So sorry about the late reply but life got in the middle ><;;

Waaaaaaaaah I SO understand you!!!! I too love love when these things happen:heart::heart:
You get to the point where there's no one who can help you with advices and you manage to solve it yourself. Wah that's so exciting :D
I'm having another one of these moments right now with a corded petticoat XD I'm figuring out what the issue is, but it took days XXD
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NovelPashion Featured By Owner May 10, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh no worries at all. I hope all is well with you, that is the most important thing! :) Good luck with that petticoat! You're going to do great! What era is the petticoat based from? :D Or shall I wait to see?
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Let's say that work is getting in the way ==;; I have periods with no work at all and periods when I barely get back home^^;
I was working on a multi-purpose corded petticoat! It fits 1550 to 1860 XD I needed it for a victorian dress (that I have to upload but can't seem to find the time to do so ==; ) but I also wanted something that could fit other styles...I ran out of space in my place for period underwear XXXXXDDDD
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HEXEnART Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! I'm glad you like it :heart:
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Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I love the band that you have around the waist, the red really contrasts very well against the white! Great job~<3
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!! :D I'm so, so glad you like it!!
I really like the contrast, too, but I was scared it looked just too bright on the white linen...I'm glad you like the result! :D
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Nerds-and-Corsets Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Sometimes you need that REALLY bright contrast like that to make an item pop as it were.
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sei fantastica ░__________░ non ho parole guarda.. pazzesco..
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oddio grazie mille cara :tighthug:
In realtÓ visto che era una prova generale ho usato una tenda da 5€...sono contenta che renda bene lo stesso XD
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A volte anche con una tenda o una tovaglia si fanno miracoli!
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Le tovaglie sono fantastiche per i vestiti vittoriani XXXXDDDD
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XD
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Mlleretro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh punaise ! Elle est sublime ♥
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Merci beaucoup!! :tighthug:
J'aime ce style at sont tres heureux de l'avoir bien fait :D
(...je parle un petit peu de francais, desolé pour les erreurs!)
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Mlleretro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Je comprend, don't worry. ;)
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! :hug: it takes a life for me to write French^^;
I really have to study harder^^
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Mlleretro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is the similar for me, with English :p
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
;P I really have to study French more :D I can understand it, but I can't write ><
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Mlleretro Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is the similar for me. But he do not really return xD
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Menestrella Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ma sei stata un razzo!!! Ti ho lasciata sabato con la stoffa ed ora Ŕ giÓ indossabile!!!! *____* Bravissima Giusy!!!!!!!! Il modello Ŕ adorabile, non avevo mai fatto troppo caso a quanto fossero carini questi vestiti! *-*
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XD Annina sta finendo il tempoooooooooooooooo!!!! Devo andare super di fretta XXDD se ci guardi dentro ti metti paura però XXD
Alla fine è un tubolare arricciato, ci vuole poco a farlo :D peccato che sia fatto di carta velina in pratica, alla prima volta che lo metto si distruggerà XD
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