Possibly my favorite inspired reproduction costume. The first time I saw the above 'Ophelia' painting - I just fell in love with the dress. The elegant drapes...the unusual color combinations - and the layers of different textures.
The pattern I used for a jumping off point was a supposedly historical Medieval one cut entirely of geometric shapes: Long rectangular body, skirt made up of large triangular gores inserted in slits from hip to hem. I put quite few more gores than the pattern called for - I wanted to have a skirt that was full circle.
Things I would do differently:
-Make the underdress longer and fuller with a wider neck.
- Do a more complicated ebroidery pattern
-Slightly narrower and longer under sleeves
I was also inspired by this painting, as the dress is almost identical:
Miranda- The Tempest by JW Waterhouse,1916
For the photo shoot - we were able to find the right color of wild-flowers to match the picture quite well. We even found a tree with a large knot - just like the painting!
Showing off the full skirt. Look closely and you can see the lines of the triangular gores.
The emroidered orange silk slippers were a present from my brother.
I highly recommend this pattern for medieval tunic dresses - it's extremely comfortable and fun to wear.
An incredibly fun inspiration project!