Monday, August 26, 2013

HSF Challenge #17 - Robes and Robings

The Challenge: "Make a robe-shaped garment, from a biblical robe, through a medieval robe, an 18th century banyan, a Regency evening robe, a 19th century wrapper, or an early 20th century kimono.  Or, make one of the frocks called robes by modern English speaking fashion historians, such as a robe volante, robe battanterobe à la coerrobe à la françaiserobe à l'anglaise (+ turquespolonaises, & circassienne), and the 1920s robe de style. "

For this challenge I am going to use the Robe Battante I made in the spring.
Fabric: six yards of light blue silk taffeta 
Pattern: a combination of the one in "the cut of women's clothing" and the Reconstructing History pattern
Year: first half of the 1700s
Notions: the usual thread and some white cotton bias tape for ties.

How Accurate: aside from the machine sewing this one was very close. I give it an 8 out of 10.
Hours to Complete: I think the whole thing was done in about a week, I'm not sure how many hours total at this point.
First Worn: earlier this spring for the SF pirate Fair 

and then again recently at Costume College.

Total Cost: the silk was $11 per yard so  $66 and the rest was all stash :)