For the Jane Austen Festival Grand Ball, I'm planning on dressing up my 1798 Gown with the V&A open robe found in Janet Arnold's " Patterns of Fashion 1 ".
I purchased this silk taffeta from Burnley & Trowbridge, and it's a study in Chiaroscuro. Breaking it down, it is a robin's egg blue, shot with dark gold. But look at what different lighting and angels does to it...
In the evening, under low lighting, the fabric has a dark, smokey-blue hue.
Next to green, it looks almost silver-blue in tone.
Next to blue, it looks sea-foam-green.
Under flashing light, the silvery blue really stands out, and almost has a marbling affect.
In bright day light, a golden yellow can be seen.
And occasionally a copper undertone almost makes it look violet.
It's strange stuff, but I'm in love with it! Certainly, though, I will be making a toile before I cut into this. So, stay tuned for updates on this project. This will be the first official "ball gown" I've made. The first "unofficial" one I made was the before I understood what I was doing, and it look like it came out of a Halloween store....so that doesn't count. (And no, I won't show you pictures...it's embarrassing!)