Friday, October 12, 2012


I am IN for the Festive Attyre Curtain-Along.  I love the cream and the black options of the "Felicite" curtain from Wavery for sale at Lowe's and Kohls.

I adore it in cream, but a dear friend of mine has suggested the Noir.  I have seen a few extant examples of Indienne in the cream, but have not seen many in darker colors.  Also, one tends to wear such things for hot summer reenacting events, and I can't help but be reminded of my favorite childhood doll, whose dress resembles the curtains.  And, as a redhead, I kind of feel obligated.

I will likely make an Anglaise, for wear-ability at summer events, with a matching petticoat.  In 18th century (and 21st for that matter) I tend to go for minimalist, no-frills kind of styles.  The print is so busy, that I wouldn't want to obscure it with a ton of trim.  Not sure as to whether I will do buttons down the front, or hooks and eyes, but I want to be extra careful about fitting the neckline of this one.  My previous anglaises have had issues with fit around  the neckline.

I may have to go visit these curtains in person at Lowe's today, and see what's what.

Update 4:08 PM - Lowe's trip accomplished.  Two Waveryly "Felicite" curtains in the "cream" option purchased.  I am most of the way through the petticoat.  I couldn't resist.  The fabric is GORGEOUS, and just a touch browner than I expected it to be, but that's a good thing.

The "noir" is absolutely gorgeous, and I may end up doing something with it in the future.  Lowe's actually had several beautiful 18th century style prints from Waverly when I went to the store.  Thoughts to file away for later.
Update 6:07 PM - Petticoat completely finished.  I flew through it, hand finishing and all in about two hours.  I am amazing.

Update 10.12.12 - 1:41 PM - The last remaining panel I have is 60 inches x 84.  That's about 2.33 yards.  I'm not sure my skillz are such that I can make a full gown out of that.  I may have to break down and get a second panel.  I really want to do fitted long 1780s sleeves, but I may be kidding myself.  I am most likely to wear this for 1770s events, and a 3/4 sleeve may be more appropriate.

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