Volcano & Candy



Julia E Jacobs



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Other Credits

"The Paris Photographer"

Outline the story …

A once in a life-time adventure....going to the Palace of Versailles for an 18th century Ball! But what to wear? I was truly Cinderella going to the Ball, I had nothing to wear. My friend from Art Embroidery had an amazing embroidery copied from an original gown and I had to have it. I chose my fabric carefully to show off the embroidery designs. I started with the shift, which is all hand stitched, and then my stays. A pannier to support the gown, and petticoats to give a soft look to the gown. Then the embroidered Toffee colored silk taffeta underskirt, and the Vesuvius color ribbed silk for the Robe a la Francoise. Some hair and jewels and I was ready to step into a magical kingdom set in the 18th century.

Outline the construction…

The biggest challenge was the embroidery. Getting the embroidery to be smooth and not bubble or wrinkle up was very difficult on the silk taffeta and on the ribbed silk. Using to correct stabilizer for the project was paramount, there were many trials and errors. Once the embroidery was completed the sewing was to commence. The linen lining was fitted to me (with all the proper underpinnings on) so that I would have a good foundation to drape the Robe. Care was taken to construct the garment using traditional 18th century methods of hand sewing.




  1. Avatar Cassandra Sif Jensen Al-Towaiji on April 19, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    You look stunning! What an amazing way to display both a beautiful embroidery and a gorgous fabric.

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on April 20, 2024 at 6:59 am

    You look amazing! The embroidery really just grabs my heart and the colours look so dainty and beautiful.

  3. Avatar Bethany on April 22, 2024 at 8:39 pm

    A perfect example of the wonderful beauty of the period. I don’t even have to wonder if you had a good time, because I know you did.

  4. Avatar Lu Henley on May 19, 2024 at 7:03 am

    adore the colors, the fabrics, and the magical step You made into the 18th century.

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