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Unread 01-04-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Belle Provincial Dress help?

We don't really need help with the dress itself. It's the blouse underneath that my friend and I are having issues with. Neither of us have made a blouse before, and we're looking for advice.

Should we like... not make an entire blouse, and just attach sleeves and a collar and stuff to the top part of the dress?

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Unread 01-04-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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I certainly would make it in two seperate pieces, as it seems to be clearly divided into dress and blouse/shirt. Fortunately it's a pretty simple design; you'd want to look for a blouse or pull-on shirt with fairly loose sleeves (taking them into cuffs to make the puff is quite simple, but you need to start with the adequate width to do such) and a (I THINK it's the right term) shawl collar. If you can't find one with both or close to both, you can modify the collar from a v or crew neck pretty easily; her collar is essentially a soft roll of fabric in a v shape.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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I'm with Shinobi in that I think it's two separate pieces. It will probably be easier to sew it separately and layer, actually, because then you don't have to cut out all of the extra space where the dress goes or worry about leaving seam allowance on the top of the dress to sew it together.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 06:12 AM   #4
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Look for a shirt pattern with loose sleeves gathered at the wrist like this, and with a rounded neck. Then you'd only need to add the shawl collar.

Be careful to make the neck opening wide enough, since there are no buttons! If you adapt a pattern that has a buttoned front, check that it's still loose enough to be put on and off comfortably. If needed, you can add an invisible zipper on one side to add room (it doesn't have to open completely, but go from 1-2 cm under the armpit to 1-2 cm before the bottom of the side seam).
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Unread 01-05-2013, 08:23 AM   #5
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Yup thirding two separate garments. It'll be more comfortable to wear AND look better when you are wearing it

Yes, it's a shawl collar.
One of these might work:
this one is actually the best, but you'll have to make the most change to the pattern to get the right shape for the collar, but the hard part (collar & bluse front integration) is already done.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #6
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If you want historical accuracy (and avoid bunching) I'd go for a chemise instead of a shirt, along with an overdress and apron. You'd get both the shirt and the little petticoat you get a peek off in the movie.
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