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Marie Antoinette inspired Robe a la Francaise by giusynuno Marie Antoinette inspired Robe a la Francaise by giusynuno
It's readyyyyyyyyyyy XD
My Francaise is ready, FINALLY. Took so long to pattern this ==; since I dress myself (meaning, I have no one to help me put on the dresses xD) I usually never make robes because they are so complicated to wear but I decided to try one for a portfolio I'm making and this is what came out :D
I made the design for this and for the colour scheme I got inpiration from Milena Canonero's work for the movie "Marie Antoinette" by Sofia Coppola, especially the coronation one [link]

Note: I used about 1/4 of the fabric you would usually use a Francaise, so as you can see the back flows in an unnatural way. Humor me. I just didn't want to spend too much for the fabric^^; I wanted a beautiful fabric for the robe but that meant to spend too much for the minimum 15mt...so I bought 1.5mt of an interior design shangthung 3mt in height and make what I could with 4.5mt :) I'm rather satisfied even if the back is not the best^^ one day I will have enough money to buy all the fabric needed XD
The skirt is made with plain interior design silk :)
The ruffles are made of colour-changing voile that I had XD I originally used it for a dress for a wedding I attended. Those are box pleats sewn in the center :)

My small happiness for this dress was making the stomacher :heart: I love stomachers :heart: this one is at the moment fully detachable, but I might decide to change it after the first time I'll wear it. I have at the moment no idea of how long it will take to sew it on myself XD it was easy with the mannequin, but I suppose it's going to take a life on myself XD
The stomcher is decorated with a rose pattern I made with rose decorations, thorn-looking metal decorations and random pearls :) the paillettes flower in the center is matching with the rose+flower decorations of the skirt of the robe :D
The flounces of the arms are made with remaining fabric for the fisciu of my Chemise XD cheers for remaining fabric!! XD

Total working hours: 70/75. I started hating it but in the end I think I want to make another one XD
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MissSofiaG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
OMG YOU'RE SO TALENTED
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: thank you so much!!! I'm so happy you like my works:heart:
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Fallenflame13 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
*Jaw Drops* Wow~ I totally wish I could wear something like that!!!
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!! I'm so glad you like it!!!! :heart:
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Fallenflame13 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
You're welcome!! :D
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ElderGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is improving. Check your tension on your machine when using silk and satin you need a lighter tension and a finer needle; also a light touch is needed when your running the fabric under the needle. I would have continued the brown trim around the bottom of the whole skirt. Also I would get some more lace like the lace you used on your sleeves, and add it in over the white panel. It would help tie the whole think together nicely; the white looks a little out of place and draws the eye when the eye should be drawn the the detailing on the bodice.

Hope this helps, your sewing friend in the US
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug: Thank you so much for the tips dear!!! :heart::heart:
When I made this dress I was in a tight-budget moment so I couldn't add all the details I wanted...one day I'd love to complete it a little more :)
I especially want to add more ruffles along the hem, but the problem is that I only had that fabric left and I can't seem to find the same one again :cry:
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ElderGoddess Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should be able to find a similar lace that would flow with the lace on the sleeves without having to find the same lace.
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WaterFaerieNaomi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You did a wonderful job in handing the shortage of fabric. I love the stomacher and the rose pattern. <3 The sleeves are really pretty too~<3<3 The only thing that I don't like is that one stitch line in the back. It's a bit obvious. ^^; Other than that, this is really beautiful. :D Brava~
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giusynuno Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much dear!!! I'm so happy you like the details:heart:
I know, that seam is AWFUL XD but I just couldn't afford to buy more fabric at the time XD
I want to make a new robe, this time I'll buy enough fabric to avoid the seam ;)
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