Dewdrop Series, Ivory Dress & Cloak

The Dewdrop Series consists of three main pieces, a very full 18th century inspired ivory damask dress, a smaller more modern gown and a dark green velvet cloak. The inspiration behind the piece was the green forest landscape and new growth of spring. It’s named Dewdrop after the green and white forest flowers.

The main dress is made from five yards of a medium weight damask material. It features a very full cartridge pleated skirt, and a heavily boned lace up bodice. The dress is lined with linen and has small chiffon ruffles on the sleeves.

The second dress was assembled from two yards of the same fabric. It also features a cartridge pleated skirt, heavily boned lace up bodice, and is lined with linen.

The cloak is made from six yards of green stretch velvet, with hooping wire inserted into the hood to help keep it’s shape. The hood is lined with the damask material, and is decorated with small chiffon ruffles.

In total the three pieces took sixty four hours to make and around a hundred dollars worth of materials. The first dress and cloak were made over an eight day period, and the second one was made in four days.

I have six “The making of” posts about this costume which can be found below, as well as pictures of the finished pieces photographed in the forest that inspired them.

Damask dress, The Bodice

Damask dress, The Skirt

Damask dress, The Sleeves

Damask Dress Two, The Skirt

Damask Dress Two, The Bodice

Green Cloak

Forest Photos 



12 thoughts on “Dewdrop Series, Ivory Dress & Cloak

  1. Minami says:

    Do you use always use rectangles for making the skirts? (By the way, I am a big fan of al of your works, they inspire me a lot!)

    • Angela Clayton says:

      I have for a lot of my projects! It was a really common style from Renaissance times onto the mid eighteen hundreds. And they are super convenient because you don’t have to fiddle with bias seams or fuss with prints being on an ugly angle. I’ve made a few dresses with gored or partially gored skirts, but not many.

      This year i’m making a few dresses that will require gored skirts and i’m really excited for the challenge!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Angela, you are so unbelievably talented! I have so enjoyed viewing all your gorgeous creations and I will be visiting back frequently to see what else you come up with! 🙂 Keep up the good work!

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