A very much abridged view of the design process for my stitched paper. It actually took two days of trying and discarding various dresses and iterations and then making the pattern. This has two patterns, one for paper, and one for the tissue overlay. The red dots are where the holes for the stitched go. #retro #vintage #embroidery #18thcentury #1700s #robealafrancaise #sacque

As an attempt at some sort of regularity, I’ve scheduled four posts a day for the remainder of the workweek. I’m currently setting up another run starting the first Monday in July.

This week’s posts are all iterations of the robe à la française, also called “a sack-back gown” or simply a “sacque,” was one of the common types of women’s dresses in the 18th century. It had a loose pleated back; the pleats became known as “Watteau pleats“ after the early-18th-century painter Antoine Watteau.

American Duchess – The Many Types of Late 18th Century Gowns
Confessions of a Costumeholic – Robe à la what?
Fasshion Encyclopedia – Robe à la Française
Wikipedia – Sack-back gown