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Elizabethan Gown WIP by janey-jane Elizabethan Gown WIP by janey-jane
This is the gown I made for this year's Texas RenFest. It is most definitely a work in progress, but because I'm always strapped for time I feel quite proud that it was wearable in time.

Eventually I plan on making detachable shoulder rolls and sleeves to be worn with it, and embellishing the bodice (see one of my inspirations for the dress here [link] )Detachable because I also want to make a doublet to be worn over it if I so choose (something like the dorothea sabina von neuberg gown).

There are still some construction issues that need to be taken care of, and I'll need a new corset since the one I have on in this shot is too low in front. Also please ignore my shabby old chemise... it was tossed together at the last minute several years ago and I've never gotten around to making a new one.

er....thats all for now!
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
So pretty :)
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mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
and this one too
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I wish I could make them for everyone. It would be an awesome way to make a living. Also I would love to shower the world with awesome costumes. the more costumes in the world the better.
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mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
you have made my week.*sniff* i would wear your costumes all the time if i could
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steepedinwords Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Stunning!
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oOvorpalaliceOo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! I love the placement of the stripes at the diagonal on the bodice - it really emphasizes your waist! I can’t wait to see more pictures of this gown with embellishments – though it’s beautiful as it is at the moment!!!
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BlueKnightMar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
It looks beautiful! *0* I have always wanted to wear one those vintage gowns, but they are so expensive X_X
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
they are very expensive! Even to make them they cost a lot. Costuming is an expensive hobby :(
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BlueKnightMar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Yeah! :( I sometimes wish I have a magic wand to put me in a costume in an instant.
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mangojuice7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's so elegant!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
thank you! I really, really need to post pictures of the finished gown!
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mangojuice7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I'll be sure to check it out when you do! :)
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aliceinothertimes13 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
oh wow...superbeautiful !!!
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cltcmistress Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I LOVE this bodice design! I'd love to know did you use a pattern or create one of your own?
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I created one of my own, since you don't have to do darts or anything its just sort of a trapezoid shape with a dip in the front.
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CherryGeek86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!
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arent-i-random Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous dress!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
thank you! I need to post finished pictures come to think of it...
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Stacye Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
I read somewhere that sleeves were made very lavishly and expensively back then, as well. Women would mix and match gowns and sleeves, apparently. So having detachable sleeves is probably accurate. This is gorgeous, btw.
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MissCarmila Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
oh oh~ I knew that was TRF grounds the second I saw it! I LOVE TRF I try to go every year when money allows. Best place evar! XD


Your outfit is beautiful TwT~~ so lovely~~
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
TRF is so much fun... I realized the other day that I've been going for almost half my life now (made me feel old). I'm really excited they moved it later this year because hopefully *crosses fingers* that means it will be cooler.
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MissCarmila Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
It IS! It's the best. I first went to the festival just about 10 years ago.. so hard to believe it's so long ago! Sadly, that does not mean i've gone every year for near 10 years.. money constraints and all. XD But Its been a huge part of my life. I go all year eagerly awaiting TRF!


I'm hoping for some cooler weather too! It gets so hot there sometimes.. yikes. Last year I was melting away in the early morning sunlight of opening day. @_@

Do you visit any of the shows at TRF?
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
yeah... it is pretty expensive. Just getting in alone kind of breaks the bank, especially if I've been doing any sort of costuming before hand (costuming definitely makes me broke). I really like the Shakespeare guys (uh... I think they're called Sound & Fury, I have a hard time with names) and I love just wandering around and seeing what I happen upon. I'm thinking of going the final weekend this year in the hope that some of the merchants will have stuff marked down *fingers crossed*
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MissCarmila Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
^O^ The three guys that do Romeo and Juliet? Yeah that's Sound and Fury! My friend is friends with them. XD They are awesome. I saw their show finally for the first time last year and my mom and I are just major fans now. We used to be big DedBob fangirls, but now we love S&F! I can't believe we went so long without having seen them. xD Thank goodness for my friend telling me to try them out. ^^ They're great.

We don't do much store browsing since we never have any money. So we stick to shows. My other favorite is the Gypsy Dance Theatre troup in the Greek area~~
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ImperfectEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow o.o you did an awesome job
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Gah, I only just saw this! You look so intensely pretty in this photograph, it's perfect for a portrait! You remind me of Samantha Morton as Mary Queen of Scots from Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Tres belle!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
oh wow, thank you! Sorry for the month-later reply, this last semester and the end of school (literally OMG, I'm graduating from college, *panicks*) had me in something of a melt-down. I'm hoping I get to work on this more (and other sewing projects) now that I'm out of school. Thanks as always for the fave, you're such a sweetie :hug:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Meh, any reply is good enough to suffice!! I'm only too aware of the strains of post-secondary education, my sister recently endured the same as yourself x__x. I'm looking forward to your new things terribly. And I'm only too obliged to pay compliments to those with such talent :D
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, as soon as I saw this I was like "HOMG, it's Cate!" Love the dress! Especially the practicality aspect behind it - I think it's more beautiful that way than if it had all of the 'fanceh' common to the period. The colours are just gorgeous! Definite :+fav: :D
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
lololol... Elizabethan lives on fanceh....

Oh Cate, why can't I be an inch and a half taller AND weigh 20 lbs less so I'd look even more like your fabulous self? ... I'll def. take what I can get thou...

Thanks v. much for the fave!
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HistoryFashionLovers Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Very nicely made!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It looks great, even though you're right in that it needs a lot of work to be properly "Elizabethan." A dress can't be proper Elizabethan unless it's dripping with bling. Although I guess what you have now would be a nice gown for an artisan's daughter... but to me (and I'm biased, admittedly) "elegance" and "Elizabethan" don't really go together. IMO what you have now is just way too tasteful for England in the 1500s. ;P
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silverstah Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely lovely. Simple elegance and a wonderful fit = total win!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
thank you so much! I'm really glad you think so :D
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beth Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Lovely gown, and you look a bit Cait Blanchet in that picture. :)
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
thank you v. much!!! A lot of people tell me I look like her!
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ladyrose04 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like it. I've discovered that the simpler gowns often look more "real" than their ultra shiny counterparts.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thank you! I feel the same way about shiny dresses. I know that shiny fabrics existed, but it just doesn't look right (maybe it's because so much of the 'shiny' people use for costuming is man-made), and I think people have a tendency to forget that what we see in portraits is the 'sunday best' of the very wealthy. Plus, I worry less about simpler dresses. Thank you also for the fave!
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Adoradora Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
That's amazing. Beautiful but understated. You're not, I'm afraid, going to get very intelligent critique from someone whose wardrobe consists entirely second-hand black XL t-shirts and who can't even successfully darn socks, but I likes what I sees. This world needs more people with such strange and wonderful hobbies, I say.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Strange and wonderful hobbies FTW! It's definitely an interesting one to try and explain to people. their eyes get sort of hazy and they look at you like you're a little crazy (probably a little true).

And I like lay-person opinion. Its nice to get critique from other people who are into historic costume costume, but we costume-obsessives tend to knit pick historical accuracy to death. I'm guilty. And it's nice, to get a "pretty dress!". Makes the warm fuzzies happy.
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L16 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Even if it is a work in progress, it look great….*jealous*
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
thanks! hopefully it doesn't go from "looking good" to "good god why didn't you stop when you were ahead!?"

only one way to find out...
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WisdomsPearl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007   General Artist
very beautiful :)
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Jb-612 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Golly, what fine photographer took that lovely shot?
Hey, remember how everyone hit on you that day? Good times, good times...:)
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
haha... yeah, but it's hard to see why in this shot, do I always look that old? Oh well, it's all about the dress, and I think the dress is awesome. I'm so humble.
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Jb-612 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
So humble...you're an example to us all. Haha, you think you look old? Dude, Jane, why are we concerned about getting old at our age? I keep worrying about that too...I think it's just because you don't have any eye-liner on, and the light is bright so it sortof washes you out. I dunno. Blame the photographer.
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Lovely-O Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007   Writer
bee-yootiful. not too gaudy. the lines of it (bodice, stripes...etc.) are quietly elegant.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Thank you so much! I was hoping for not-too-gaudy! I do want to embellish it some more, but i always like making stuff that looks relatively "normal", I guess. Those super-fancy dresses just aren't very practical.
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