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Venitian gown by janey-jane Venitian gown by janey-jane
For all the watchers who have been with me from the beginning and who have probably been rolling their eyes at all the anime fanart for the past couple of years. I still love historic fashion, see!? :heart:

My front-lacing Venitian(ish) gown in ribbed silk inspired largely by a whole slew of Giovanni Antonio Fasolo frescoes. I wanted something a little cooler and less restrictive than my Elizabethan (Of which I need new photos, actually, I have 2 or 3 costuming projects that need to be photographed and posted) and of course since I insisted on fully lining both the gown and the petticoats I was dying of heatstroke anyway. Yay Texas.
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Siliera Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow ist a nice work! :) Do you have a patten for that work ;)?
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I'm afraid I don't! I draft almost all of my historic patterns myself, and I use a combination of math and the highly technical process of "fudging it". :)
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Siliera Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow! Thatīs amazing, i hope i can draft my pattens also like you one day^^ but i think i have to do more practice.
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matticrafts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this originally on Pinterest and immediately posted that I want want want. Did you use the Eliz corset generator for a starting point, or just use a bodice block you already had?
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I have a personal bodice block that I have modified and tweaked over the years that I used, but I did indeed start out with the ECG bodice block. I find it's a great place to launch from; easy and it does all the work for you! But I'd definitely recommend doing a mock-up or giving yourself enough room to play around with the fit because I found that I am squishier in certain places and less squishy in others so the block needed to be both increased and decreased in places.
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OldNomadicMuse Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist
A lovely and clever design! So interesting to read about the challenges you encountered in the design and how you mastered them.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
thank you! I really need to get back on my sewing projects!
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uav Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
This is really exquisite! That rose color works wonderfully with your coloration.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
thank you very much! I've had an antagonistic relationship with pink for a really long time (i'm naturally blonde and I worry I look like Barbie in pink), and I've only recently been warming up to it.
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msrosiethegeek Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
You are so beautiful. Wow.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
thank you... just,thank you. I really needed to hear that today♥
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msrosiethegeek Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I so totally understand. <3
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work , I notice you included a hip roll too . Really makes the whole set of clothes work .
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
gotta love that extra hip padding. :D
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Elenatintil Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is lovely! Did you use a pattern or draft it/drape it yourself?
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I drafted the pattern from scratch - Its a bit difficult to drape something that smushes your body - but the skirt was sort of draped once the bodice was fit...
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Elenatintil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Corset-type bodices are pretty tricky, aren't they? Especially if boning is involved. At least, where one must self fit the piece.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Featured here: [link]
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
nawww... thank you!!!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
You're welcome :D
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rowdysgirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
this is very beautiful, Janey
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
thank you so much sweetie!! It was a lot of fun. I have another gown in the works right now, although it takes me FOREVER to finish my sewing projects!
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matticrafts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a super-slow sempstress, too. We're quality-oriented... yeah. That's it. 
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
haha! I like that. "Quality-oriented". yeah... that's why I haven't finished your thing friend... sorry
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rowdysgirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
This is very beautiful, Janey.
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Mirrei Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Screw anime!

This is beautiful, by the way. :) Do some more original fantasy and historical work! You know we love it.
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
This is lovely! Did you use a bumroll or just cartridge pleating on the skirt?

I keep thinking I'll make something new for myself one day, but then the reality of family, kids, budgets and Florida heat sets in and I stick with my tried and true (and somewhat cooler) garb.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
since the bodice on these venitian gowns dipped down in both the front and back at the waist a traditional bumroll wouldn't work. Since I have a decent figure, but not enough booty/hips to properly fill out the right sillhouette from this era I needed some sort of padding. My solution was to tack two crecent-shapped 'hip pads' or mini-bumrolls into the inside waist of the gown so they hang down and sit over each hip while worn. It gives the skirts a little extra 'oomph' without needing to tie around the waist or disrupt that back waist-point.

and I hear you on life (and temperature) getting in the way of costuming. I'm from central texas and I wore this one to a fair this spring, the temp got up near 100 and I thought I was going to die.
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Nice solution. I've tried the bumroll before, but it added too much padding in places I didn't need it. Florida is starting to wise up with the scheduling of our faires. Most are still in the spring (March to early May) but we are beginning to have a few scheduled in November.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I find bumrolls to be very fussy. Some women seem to be able to just put them on and go - but I always have to smush them around to keep it from looking like I'm wearing an inner-tube under my dress. I know modern costumers are in love with bumrolls, but I'm not convinced that it was the end-all, be-all in skirt padding. Hell, one of my friends has such a tiny waist in proportion to her hips that she doesn't need any padding at all!

After the one in April/May I think I'm going to stick to the big texas ren fest that runs in October and november.
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I'm with you on the bumroll issue. I can see wearing one if you are supporting a farthingale and velvets, but I looked ridiculous the time I wore one. I have one of those small waist/big hips thing going, so I felt like I could serve an entire bar without a tray!

Have fun at the fall fest. One of these days I'll make it to Texas (it's been a goal), but I want to wait until the kids get a bit older.
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Jane, you're very pretty. And I love that dress... The color is lovely.
(Sorry, I'm not an expert in dress-making, so I can't really appreciate what you're saying in your Artist's Comments.)
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
haha, no worries, I know that all that dressmaking mumbo jumbo is like greek if you don't sew. Thank you!!!
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
You just look like an Angel *___* So beautiful ^^
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
awww, thank you, that's so sweet!
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
You're welcome ^^v
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KanoWakitashi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Very beautiful dress and you look really nice in it! It kinda reminds me of Odette in Dreamwork's Swan Princess 2 (or 3).
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VonGehenna Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
beautiful costume and beautiful model :)
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
:love: thank you! that's so sweet XD
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ladyrose04 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fab. I love the double welts at the bottom.
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
thanks! I debated over those for some time, but I'm happy with how they look in the end :)
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azami2011 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Wow! Really pretty dress! I like!
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ShalamarDelorian Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful. You did a terrific job.
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Venetian dress ! Cool ! I did one like that a couple of month ago :D
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
they're pretty fun :)
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Facelle Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Excellent! I just can't believe how awesome you are sometimes...

And totally understand about restrictive and HOT Elizabethan clothes+Texas humidity and heat. And Winedale costumes aren't even legitimate!!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
really Texas should just become nudist in the middle of the summer, because I don't think there's anything people don't sweat in.
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Celefindel Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
It is simply great! The colour fits you very much and you look very beautiful in it and like out of the Venetian pictures!
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janey-jane Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
I got the piece of fabric at this random garage sale, and was absolutely thrilled when there was just enough for a gown. The color is perfect, and the fabric actually has just enough texture to be interesting. Thank you!
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Celefindel Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
It really is gorgeos! What did you use for the red bands, cotton/linen or velvet or something else?
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