Black and silver broacade gown                      page  1   2   3

Portrait of Elizabeth Brydges. Late 16th cent.

This is the gown that was the basis of my design.

 For the sleeve I stitched large rectangle of brocade to rectangles of silk. The trim was sewn over the seams. After the fabric was gathered on to the bands and lined, pearls were used to "pinch" the trim at points. This created the "cut and slash" effect I wanted.


Detail of sleeve

The pattern I use for my bodices. (Arnold, Patterns of Fashion p 104)
Left- front and back of my bodice.

I incorperated the large poofy shoulder caps seen on the Blackwork gown.