Scraphappy Fichu, Stomacher and Gown Petticoat

Fichu

Lady Frances’s  ensemble is coming along. She now has a Fichu wrapped over her shoulders for modesty and warmth…

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Chiffon Hostess Apron

…which I made from the very finest cotton in my scrap stash…a 1950’s chiffon hostess apron. The apron had a ripped pocket and big stain at one edge, but otherwise was in very good condition.  Luckily one panel of the apron was big enough to cut a 20 cm square. It has a tiny rolled hem.

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Spitalfield’s Silk

The stomacher is made from a tiny scrap of what may be Spitalfields Silk brocade bought in London by Lady Frances’s mistress.

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Felt interlining

It is interlined with a scrap of wool felt, and lined with yellow silk from Lady Frances’s trunk.

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Silk lining

Three linen tabs at the sides of the stomacher will be used to pin it into place.

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Pins

…like this.

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Silver Lace

I made the gown petticoat from the ends of a wool and brocade Pashmina shawl, that I bought with Lady Frances’s toilette in mind, and it is edged with two rows of silver lace at the hem. The construction is the same as the quilted petticoat, with a back waistband tied at the front and a front waistband tied at the back… it has gaps in the sides so she can reach into her pockets (now several layers down)!

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Unpicking

I unpicked a human hat made of paper…

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Hat Straw

…rolled up the hat straw…

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Bergère Hat

…and re-stitched it into a Bergère Hat.

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Gown Petticoat

Lady Frances is almost ready for a public appearance, but is waiting for her Robe à la Française, and a dainty apron. She will need correct shoes and a wig, (which are outside my area of expertise).

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ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th! If you like the idea and want to join the group, contact Kate or Gun who devised and run this group.  Their blogs are the first two links below:

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18 thoughts on “Scraphappy Fichu, Stomacher and Gown Petticoat

    • I know what you mean…almost, but what a palaver just getting on your clothes. Not to mention how on earth did they manage the “basic necessities” of the day, albeit made slightly simpler by the lack of knickers.

  1. Lady Francis is most fortunate to have landed in Kjerstin’s lap! Her costume is exquisitely perfect! I look forward to seeing and holding her again.

  2. She is a work of art from that grand hat to the hem of her many layers….your exquisite craftsmanship is a marvel.

    • I’ve enjoyed the project very much, thanks for the sweet comments. Of course I can see places in the outfit which I’d do differently given the chance to start over, but I will put those thoughts away and just concentrate on the last bit of finery!

  3. Kjerstin, sorry i have been out of order for a short time and just viewed your exquisit hand work. This is something to be displayed in a museum. Just beautiful, jawdropping beautiful.

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