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Outline the story …
"Anna Karenina" is the heroine of the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. The tragic fate of a woman and the magnificent costumes of the era could not leave me indifferent.
For more than 10 years I have been fond of Gothic, and I considered the dresses of the bustle era the most beautiful. I had several attempts to create the dress, but the result did not suit me. Passion for reconstruction helped me achieve the result. I was inspired by several pictures, but did not try to repeat one exactly. I sewed as if I was living at that time, nothing limited me. I tried to combine materials beautifully. I took the fashion of the first half of the 1880s as a basis. As it should be in those days, I prepared two bodices, evening and ballroom. I supplemented the evening look with a hat with a veil, a bib, a handbag and a skirt lifter. I decorated the ballroom image with a garland of flowers from foamiran. I really want the heroine to be happy in my interpretation of the novel. And who is walking next to her? The shirt, vest, bow tie and trousers on the gentleman are also my work.
Outline the construction…
Making and constantly redoing the dress gave me a lot of experience. This is my first such large-scale project. The dress is made of brocate satin and jacquard with cotton lining. The bodice and skirt are decorated with three types of lace and embroidered with beads. As a basis, I took the technology of making clothes from the second half of the 19th century. The front fabric and lining are in one layer, the seams are treated with tape, the bones are inserted into the drawstrings for rigidity. The hinges are sewn by hand. The sleeves and the bottom of the bodice are trimmed with a cut with a cord I sewed overlays to give volume in the chest and hips. The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with a stiff fabric to shape and trimmed with tape. The train has a wide hem and sewn lace. The pleats of the skirt are secured with sewn tape.
Silhouette and proportions are very important to me. To give the desired shape, I sewed an undershirt, corset, bustle and bustle petticoat. The evening look is complemented by a straw hat, decorated with a satin ribbon and ostrich dyed (hair dye) feathers. Rows of straw had to be stitched together by hand. The shemizetka is sewn of silk cambric, with bones inserted into the neck. She embroidered the finished handbag with lace and beads, sewn on a tassel. The ballroom bodice is sewn in the same way as the evening one.