Well I thought I had a grand discovery yesterday, but turned out to be a missed opportunity. I have been looking for crewel embroidered floral pattered fabric and my quest have been going on silently for 4 years. Crewel is a type of woolen patterned embroidery circa 1500-1600, seen even in early america. Now adays it is a home decor fabric but is still mainly done by hand and the price reflects the work.
I have been looking for this type of fabric to make an Elizabethan gown. It was inspired by a gown on the movie Elizabeth, the picture of this gown is on the left. I know the gowns are not crazy accurate but this was just a period inspired pet project of mine. I guess to say putting the creative in the Society of Creative Anachronism is a way to have fun with a period inspired twist. This is in no way going to be an A&S project, the judges would kill me if they knew the inspiration came from a movie. The gown was going to be made to have elizabethan corsetry and all the normal features of a gown from this period, but was to include a set of ornately embroidered sleeves and forepart to match the gown color. The fabrics like theses are expesive $20-$50 a yard, so I have been looking at many fabric stores, websites, and local locations to find a great price. I am willing to have $10 -$18 a yard, and I need 3 yards, so I am trying to keep this in my budget.
I am making the main part of the gown in a french blue taffeta and wanted the embroidery for the inset skirt and sleeves. The colors I chose wouldn't make it look so sullen, though this gown is lovely with the blackwork all over with black and might be copied by me later. For now I wanted something more summery in color. The various flowers on the fabric I wanted in soft, blue pink and yellow with green flowing stems and leaves, so yes sping summery look. I do have the taffeta already to go but don't want to start anything till I get the crewel fabric for the sleeves and inset skirt. Well back to my relentless search for the finery I know exhists, it is possible my goal is just alofty dream.
Dreaming in fabric,