November 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Uncategorized)

Back from a while.  My Christmas party was a success!  It was fun, it went well, an I’m glad it’s over.

This next dress is described in Kushiel’s Justice as made out of a silk damask of deepest rose woven with a trefoil pattern.  It is necessarily simple as it is made out of stolen fabric by women in a small village.  It’s gathered below the breasts and hanging straight to the floor.  Phedre wears a long shell necklace given to her by a young pirate enamoure with her.

While I was designing this dress, I happened to be reading Pride and Predjudice for the 10ish time.  The gathering on the dress reminded me of a regency dress from Austen’s time, so the dress has a regency kind of feel.

illyria-dressI searched for fabrics for this dress forever.  The ones I found aren’t perfect, so you will have to use your imaginations a bit. I like the tone of the darker silk, but the lighter one has a fleur-de-lis motif that is somewhat like a trefoil.  The lace serves as an inset.  I have also included a pretty blue flower that Phedre might have picked to adorn her hair.29-illyria


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