This was a very fun project to work on, and it was so fun to see the culmination of 3 years of admiration and planning. :-) Here's a back-story on what lead up to the project.
My sister Gretel agreed to help out with these costumes so that they would be completed on time. I'm pleased to report that astonishingly, they were completed in time, with 20 or so hours to spare. ;-) Since she isn't terribly fond of sewing, she undertook the task of making the jewelry and the hairnets. She was also very involved in the design process, and helped out with the decision making. :-)
One challenge that I wasn't expecting from this project was the difficulty in working with 2 sets of eyes. When interpreting a painting, the perceived garment really changes depending on the perspective! For example, I was interpreting the dresses as being trimmed with black velvet, whereas Gretel was interpreting it as blue.
We attempted to make the dresses as close as our time and budget allowed. I'm rather pleased with the result, though there are a few things that we either couldn't understand, or didn't have time for. In the high-res version, you can see something over the older sister's right ear- I thought it was some sort of tassel or ribbon, while Gretel thought it was a flower. I didn't have time to research similar-era paintings to get a better clue as to what it is. Do any of my readers have advice? Also, the partlet of the elder sister looks to be made of some sort of embroidered fabric or lace. Does anyone know what kind this is, or how to recreate it?
Since we don't have a younger brother or a dog, we couldn't fully recreate the painting. However, we substituted the next best things- our dad and our cat, Bingley. ;-)
There are lots more detail shots that I'm excited to share with you all next week! :-)
· Pictures by the fabulous Kathryn! ·