(I had more questions about these two patterns, so I'm moving the conversation to this thread)
Okay. I'm stuck. I need a pattern for a front opening dress appropriate for 1812 reenactments.
I was going to order the S&S Elegant Ladies closet pattern, but after seeing the thread for La Mode Bagetelle pattern review I'm unsure about what to do.
Dawn gave me some great feedback about the difference in the two. I definitely like the back of the La Mode dress better with the higher waist and way the bodice comes together.
I would like the helps available on the S&S site, but I think I could probably handle the La Mode (with a little help from my friends!).
*Does the La Mode pattern have a front closing bodice choice? *Could I modify the S&S to raise the waistline in the back (more like the La Mode)? *Which pattern is more appropriate for 1812? *Does the La Mode come with a spencer pattern? *Are there other front closing patterns I should consider?
Post by dawnluckham on Jul 29, 2008 21:28:56 GMT -5
Ha! Steph, you beat me to it! We were typing at the same time!
If you’re looking for front closing gowns is your heart set on a cross-over style?
I’d highly recommend a bib-front (also known as a high stomacher, apron front, drop front and stomacher) gown. You’ll love the way it fits and fastens. My favourite bib front gown pattern is Period Impressions Bibb Front. The picture on the pattern front doesn’t do it justice. This is a VERY nice dress.
This is my daughter wearing the Period Impressions Bibb Front Gown:
Another wonderful pattern for a front closing gown is Past Patterns Lewis and Clark Front Closing Gown. I can’t say enough good things about Past Patterns. The research included is reason enough to purchase the pattern. This makes a really attractive gown with the early small back. This gown has the underflaps in the lining and then ties shut with drawstrings at the front. It’s a “roundgown”.
Though I’ve made it a few times, I’m sorry to say I don’t have a photo to share of it…
I’m a little bit confused about your concerns about the higher waist in the back of the Sense and Sensibility gown. The waist is not all that different from the La Mode waist. This is the back of the S&S cross-over pattern:
But yes, you can shorten the waist in the back if you like.
Yes, the La Mode pattern comes with a spencer jacket.
I really like the bib-front. There was someone wearing one at the JA Festival and I loved the way it fit her. I never got a chance to ask what the pattern was, but I'm betting it was the one you posted. It had the bib and a button at each side in the front to hold it up. Not a good pic, but the only one I had of her:
I think I might order that along with the elegant ladies closet to have all possible choices. Thanks so much!!
P.S. Steph-if that pic is too big to stay, let me know and I'll fix it-opps!
Post by dawnluckham on Jul 30, 2008 9:43:02 GMT -5
Tess, I forgot to answer one of your questions: The La Mode pattern doesn’t have exact instruction for a front opening gown. It’s got the cross-over bodice that is actually a back closing gown as Steph has just posted.
With a little creative thought, you could convert this pattern to a front closing cross-over style, but the information on how to do this is not included in the pattern.