This is the first ‘frock’ that I did for the project. It is two pieces; a corset, and a pencil skirt. The corset is based on the silhouette of the victorian era. It is boned with flexible boning which makes the corset hand washable as well as more comfortable to wear. The piping on the bodice and the skirt were made by hand from the grey tweed that the skirt is also sewn from. The lining is from various silk florals that have been reLoved from blouses. The raspberry tweed is from a woolen mill in Portland OR that is no longer operating. The grey tweed is from a reLoved pair of men’s trousers.
The silk used for the ruffle detailing as well as the lacing in the back was a piece of habotai that was originally dyed with elderberries using melted snow while I was still living on the mountain.
The wool wig came about because of an invitation to a ‘Marie Antoinette Birthday Party’ that required costuming. I did not own a wig but had just received 5# of wool roving (the carded wool that is used for spinning) and so I went to work… and thus discovered my love of wig making!