After finishing my Vionnet dress (no pictures yet) I embroidered a petticoat, altered something someone else did by adding an embroidered stomacher (also no pictures) and now am I working on a red silk robe l’anglaise retroussée – more commonly known as a polonaise (although actually robe a la polonaise is something else entirely.) Or maybe not. Okay, this is how far I got so far:
Red dupioni (not very slubby, so whatever) fitting a red silk petticoat that I have made a year ago.
I did not photograph making the lining and fiddling with the pattern, although that took me the better part of a day. I started taking pictures once I got into pinning. the back.
I stitched the pleats in place and grown subsequently too lazy to photograph it, especially since the photos look kind of terrible. Anyway this is the back. The unsolved question is the front. So originally I wanted something like this:
On the other hand, such a simple dress doesn’t leave any room for mistakes. So maybe some trim to cover some potential sins?
But then why do a fake front zone if you can have a real polonaise? On the other hand, I don’t actually like the look of a real polonaise all that much from the front. So maybe a real front zone gown? Even though red-on-red is not as exciting as it could be, it might look nice. Maybe a diagonal front like this: Or a straight on like this (makes re-adjustments with the closure so much easier and isn’t quite as over done as the diagonal front.