Yep, you read that right. I wore pants to a ball.
|Dowager Countess Grantham, queen of the judgmental side-eye|
|look! my legs are separate entities!|
|all of the dramatic poses!|
While I was researching jupe-culotte ensembles from the 1910s, I noticed a few trends I liked: metallic embellishments, stripes up the leg, over-robes (which I didn't end up making, but want to!), and elbow-length narrow sleeves.
|the green ensemble in the back|
|Poiret with model|
|Callot Seurs, 1913 (LACMA via American Duchess)|
|French postcard, 1911 (via)|
I ended up using a new source for materials for this project: a sari. I found a beautiful silk one on eBay that was being sold as-is (there were some damaged spots in the embroidery and some sun fading). It was such a great find! The silk is a dusty purple color with bronze sequins and gold, bronze, and copper couched embroidery patterns. I adjusted how I cut my pieces to use the embellishments to my advantage, which had the added advantage of meaning I didn't have to finish a single edge! Bonus!
The pants are just two big tubes with a curve at the top where they're sewn together and then gathered into the waist and ankle. The waist is cotton, and there's a structural cotton bodice that the embellished sari fabric is sewn to (and then also gathered into the waist). The sleeves are basically rectangles where half the rectangle is sewn into a tube and the other half is attached to the front and back of the bodice. After attaching the sari fabric, I added a pleated gold silk waistband to break up the purple a little bit.
|sorry, ignore the messy house...in progress snap of the pants and sleeves mounted on the cotton bodice|
And look! There's evidence of it!
|blurry, but I'm dancing!|
|fluffy pants butt!|
|my hairband is leftover gold silk from the waistband|
And just like Lady Grantham, Quinn judged my scandalous attire!
|"look at her! in pants!"|
|"I don't think pants will ever catch on"|