The Farthingale pattern is from the Tudor Tailor. I bought a few yards of silk on a trip to LA garment district. I used hoop steel that I had left over from my first antebellum hoop... (simplicity, complete fail) It was a very simple project. and I didn't need to buy anything for it.
It's not the best picture... but you get the idea. It's a Farthingale. Yay!
I decided to use beads instead of embroidering the tear drop shapes on the skirt. I'm glad I did. They are unexpected and add shine and dimension
These beads are mother of pearl... I ordered orange, because the bronze type color was too dark. When the orange came I was sad... it was super bright. So I used RIT dye (brown) and boiled them... the color is much more golden now.
The skirt is 3 bolt widths of silk... 58". The front is 1 width and the back 2. I knife pleated the front not unlike a 1700ish petticoat, 'cept I cartridge pleated 10" on either side of the front and all of the back. The skirt opens at one side and has a pocket on the other.
That's a pocket....
and that's a placket.
The back is very full and swishy. :) I likes it.
now on to the bodice. :)