The Robe de Style, Part 2

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After a few hiccups, it’s done! My 1920s robe de style is completed (sans hemming, which I am procrastinating because hemming taffeta sounds like an awful way to spend an evening). This post will cover making the robe de style itself. I will be doing a separate post with details on making the headache band.

The bodice is essentially a two piece sack with some shaping at the bust. It was very weird creating something that wasn’t extremely fitted – I kept wanting to tighten it and give it some shape! So the bodice consists only of lining, and a back and a front.Β Many of the extant garments and instructions I saw used bust gathers to add shape, and I tried that at first:

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But I hated how it looked. It was wonky, slippery, and frankly I do not have the bust for it to look nice, smooth, and filled out. I went back to the drawing board and this time added two bust darts.

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So much better!

I finished the armholes by attaching the lining, but the neckline had to be hand finished.

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The bodice closes on the sides with snaps running down the seam.

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I could of sworn I took more skirt progress photos, but the only one I can find is this one, of doing up the side seams. The skirt is made from 3 large rectangles sewn together, creating a big flowy skirt to go over my panniers!

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After the skirt was attached to the bodice I attached silk flowers to the side. I must admit I didn’t make these, I bought them at Michaels, but the colour match is so perfect you can barely tell! I got very lucky with that one, because I was not looking forward to having to make my own flowers.

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Pair it with some 1920s shoes and my headband, and you’ve got a robe de style!

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You can see what the panniers look like underneath with this photo.

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I’ll be posting photos detailing the headband process soon, and then hopefully photos of the entire ensemble soon after that.

Inara

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