FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Outline the story …
Character: Ondine, from the book Ondine by Heather Graham Pozzessere (pen name Shannon Drake)
Ondine is a romance/mystery book set in 17th century England, dealing with themes of nobility and privilege, love and hate. After the suspicious death of his first wife, Lord Warwick Chatham saves Ondine from the hangman’s noose with his offer of marriage. Ondine was to be hanged for poaching after her father’s murder had forced her to run away, leaving a life of privilege behind. Ondine plans to use her new position to clear her father’s name however she and Warwick bicker constantly and she tries to run away from him. After returning to Warwick, they travel to King Charles II’s court, where Ondine is attacked by a hooded figure. Their relationship continues to be challenging as Lady Anne tries to seduce Warwick and he becomes jealous of the attention Ondine receives from the King. They fight and he sends Ondine away. When Ondine returns to her home she tries to find evidence that her uncle killed her father and destroy the forged evidence that incriminates her. She is forced to agree to marry Raoul, her cousin. After she realises she is pregnant, Warwick appears and the danger to them both increases. A web of murder, treachery and violence engulfs them but in the end they survive and realise that they really do love one another.
Outline the construction…
The costume was 6 pieces: bumroll, petticoat, skirt, bodice, justaucorps and hat. I also designed a chemise however I ran out of time and didn’t end up making it. The hat brim was slipper felt steamed into shape with darts cut to curl it up further. The crown of the hat was made by stretching buckram over a hat block. The brim and crown were stitched together, covered and trimmed.
The bodice was made of a layer of fused jacquard and a layer of cotton drill sandwiched together and stitched to create boning channels. For the detail on the front of the bodice I wet felted wool into noodles which I then dyed and hand stitched using invisible thread. I carved my own wooden busk from a piece of scrap wood I found and stitched on an internal pocket to hold it.
Making the justaucorps was a challenge as it was the first time I had made a coat and was only the second time I had lined anything. I also had issues fitting the model as she had quite broad shoulders and a rounded back. Originally my pattern design was intended to be simple with a single panel for the back and one for each front. I couldn’t get the right fit however, so I had to separate the bodice pieces from the skirt pieces, add princess back seams plus a curved CB seam to allow room for her shoulders.