The printer has been obtained and I have decided on the Corsets and Crinolines whalebone stay and the panniers d’acier a charnieres.
I am going to end up using cable ties instead of boning and 16 gauge wire instead of hoop wire due to my constraints in Turkey. I do have access to great fabrics so I am not worried about the quality and I will be using a twill instead of coutil. There is a wide selection of ribbon so I am going to try and find velvet but I will do my best.
Next step is going to be getting a cheap sheet and making a mockup of the bodice. Our shipment with the sewing machines should be here in a couple weeks and I will see what I can get done with the hand crank I got for Christmas!
I am now in Ankara, Turkey and we have been presented the opportunity to go to a Masqued Ball in Versailles, France! At *THE PALACE*! I have 6 months to plan and implement with a small hindrance of my go-to supplies not being readily at hand. We have started the initial planning and we have now decided on being a Revolutionary War couple coming to court to celebrate the win of the Americans with the help of the French. Erick wants to be an Infantry Captain and I will be his lovely wife in a truly extravagant dress.
Pattern for Erick:
http://www.neheleniapatterns.com/english/englishsite.html Regimental Coat SF201 and Waistcoat SF202. He would like short breeches to go with his knee high boots.
Color scheme would be black velvet, white silk, dove grey wool, silver/pewter.
Patterns for Whitney:
I have decided to go with a closed front robe à la française, there will be a dramatic hat and wig involved. If my white leather boots are in the shipment from Houston (I really can’t remember where I packed them) they are of the appropriate style and I will wear those. I will need panniers and I want to build a full boned stay. The patterns I am looking at are free http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/howto/frauen/contouche.shtml.
My dress will involve a lot of hand beading and creativity and will mostly take the 6 months that I have to complete!