Well, it’s not an exact reproduction – but it’s definitely inspired by Happiness!
This was constructed for the character of Cinderella in a local production of ‘Into the Woods’. Rather than go traditional Renaissance-esque fairy tale, I decided to set my upper classes in a vaguely Edwardian/Victorian look. I’ve always LOVED the Lucile ‘Happiness’ dress, designed by Lady Duff-Gordon, and thought it would make a great “ball gown” for Cinderella.
Done in silver silk duiponi with applied gold lace, old-gold embroidered polyester, sheer gold net lace, and gold Venise lace trim. Lavender silk duiponi for the cummerbund. The silver skirt and net bodice are removable, so the gold underdress can be used for a cute little 50′s-esque dress by itself. If I can get my pinking sheers to work, I’d like to add a layer of self-fabric pleated trim around the silver skirt to give it a little more texture – but my pinking shears are just eating through the silk. Don’t know if it’s because they’re crappy pinking shears (probably) or if they just don’t like the silk.
The net was surprisingly easy to work with, and I was super glad I had enough that I could make good use of the scalloped edge for the front of the bodice.
This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve sewn in a long time. Using the “1910s Tea Gown Pattern” from www.sensibility.com , I changed the sleeve length, altered the overlay, added lace puffing, and sewed on some pleated ribbon trim for a gorgeous gown that is still similar to the original design.
I had these pictures taken in a 1914 Edwardian mansion which was the perfect backdrop for this dress. And despite my aversion to hairspray I was able to pull off something akin to an airbun which looked authentic for the time period. : )
The dress itself is made from ivory silk shantung with an overlay of embroidered tulle that cascades elegantly down the back. Whenever possible I added hand sewn details, such as with the lace appliques on the sleeves and the hand sewn zipper.
I used a plum colored silk dupioni for the sash, and ommitted the pattern’s rosettes in favor of a big, pouffy bow. And I hand pleated the lavender ribbon at the neckline for added detail.
There are far too many details about this gown to mention them all, but I have written more about it over on my blog, and there are additional photos on my Facebook page. This gown was an absolute delight to wear, and I really felt like I had stepped back in time in that beautifully elegant house!
Hope you enjoy the pictures!