For me, the buttress petticoat is really one of the most fun and illuminating aspects of the structural design of this gown – and Charles James’ approach to couture overall.
This was also one of the trickier bits to get right … so far (I’m still terrified of the bodice and upper skirt pleated draping to come!)
This is one of the buttresses below with all layers quilted together – with pink silk thread, of course!
Hi from Canada again!
I’m back home and now able to blog about how the Tree gown is progressing! I’m still going to finish the V&A virtual tour, but thought I should get going with Tree since there’s been a lot going on with it! I actually started this post a couple of months ago, but wasn’t able to get all the elements together until today. So, let’s dive right in, shall we?
An interesting combination of fabrics and materials were used by Charles James for his “Tree” gown. While I will mention what all of them are as they are incorporated into my version, I thought it might be useful to have a post that lays them all out in one spot as a sort of reference. This also gives me a perfect opportunity to show off the amazing coloured silk I got for the fashion fabric, hee!
To make things even clearer, I decided to draw a little diagram of each layer of the gown to make it even easier to visualize what goes where and how. I’ll be going from the innermost layer out.
#1 Bodice foundation
Today is Part 2 of a virtual tour through the V&A’s “permanent” costume exhibition, Romantic to Mid-Victorian.
And away we go!