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Dorothy… But 1770s!
Outline the story …
Since I was little, I have always loved the story of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and have been obsessed with Dorothy’s blue gingham dress. My aunt gave me my first pair of ruby slippers when I was about 4 years old and have been in love ever since. In the book, it describes Dorothy as having but one other dress that is made of blue gingham. When she puts on the silver shoes, she is all ready to go!
I decided to era-bend from the year 1900 to 1770 because I wanted to do something different. Something that I had not seen before! I chose this era because while I was taking my music degree, I was exposed to a lot more baroque music than I had been in the past and it very quickly became one of my favourite eras of music. This also influenced why I chose to era-bend. I chose this style of jacket and petticoat to make for Dorothy as she would not have had the fanciest dress, but she would still have been fashionable! I based the design of my entry on multiple examples of extant gowns and jackets from the 1760s to the 1770s.
I have not seen any extant gowns made of gingham, but the fabric was used all over the world by the 1600s so I do not see why Dorothy would not have made a dress out of it if she had extra from making her curtains!
Outline the construction…
For my outfit I made the chemise, the stays, two petticoats, and the swallow tail jacket with decorations. The bows on the front of the jacket were going to be bow ties for my cats, but then I set them down on the jacket and I knew what it was missing!
I drafted each piece of the garment myself. The first piece I made was the stays as I knew I would not be able to make the rest of my outfit without them! My garment is completely hand stitched as I did not own a sewing machine at the time and I wanted to follow historical practices where I could! A difficulty I faced were during the construction of the jacket. I did not have anyone to help me with fitting so it was a lot of trial and error and many mockups.
Some resources I used include “La Couturière Parisienne” an online resource that has so much information it is amazing! I also used “The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking”, and for hair and makeup inspiration I used “The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking”. My fingerless mitts are from Weft and Wale.
I used a pair of white leather shoes and some silver ribbon to create an 18th century inspired shoe with what I could find. I went with silver for the shoe detail colour as that is what is depicted in the book, not ruby red like the movie!