This gown was inspired by a combinaton of Costume College 2013’s theme of Cavaliers & Pirates, and the Historical Sew Fortnightly’s challenge #10, literature. I chose Constance from the Three Musketeers by Dumas. I patterned the bodice based off of my measurements and the example in Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1500-1800.
It’s made from a blue and yellow brocade that has a little bit of boning in it (the stomacher is fully boned), is interlined with canvas and self-lined. The cuff and collar is a nice cotton/linen blend edged with lace. The front is tied with gold cord.
Chris’ pirate coat is a chenille brocade fabric with black wool turn-backs and cuffs with gold and black trim, and pirate buttons. The coat is from a discontinued pattern that was way too complicated for what it was. It has facings, but no lining since it will be worn mostly in the middle of summer and the velvet like fabric is going to be warm enough as it is.