Bleuette ~ 1908 Costume de Mariée and Jupon

Bleuette ~ 1908 Costume de Mariee

My premiere Bleuette, Nadine, wears the Costume de Mariée. I actually finished it at the end of 2005, but had never done the jupon or slip that went with it, nor had I ever gotten the right pair of shoes to go with the dress. Now, 2½ years later, it is finally a complete ensemble. I worked on the embroidery off and on over an 18-month period. I think my eyesight got worse during that time! LOL

The wedding dress is made from silk shantung embroidered with silk floss that is a shade or two lighter than the fabric. The silk floss was a joy to work with and it has a beautiful sheen to it!

The guimpe is made from some lace that someone gave to me so I’m not totally sure if its vintage, but if not, it sure does pass for it! The little piece used for the collar is vintage.

The jupon that I just completed is made from the same tissue-thin silk that I lined the wedding dress with. I used a piece of a favorite vintage lace that I have been saving for some time. It is rather wide for Bleuette, but worked just right for the jupon since it can be wider there, and I didn’t want to cut it up. Perfect!

A disintegrating antique headpiece and a piece of vintage tulle found new life as Nadine’s headpiece and bouquet. As always, the entire ensemble was sewn by hand.

Below: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1908 Costume de Mariée and Jupon
Bleuette ~ 1908 Robe de MarieeBleuette ~ 1908 Robe de Mariee

Left: Upper Detail    Right: Embroidery Detail
Bleuette ~ 1908 Robe de Mariee
Bleuette ~ 1908 Robe de Mariee

Left: Bouquet from antique headpiece    Right: Jupon
Bleuette ~ 1908 Robe de MarieeBleuette ~ 1908 Robe de Mariee

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7 Responses to “Bleuette ~ 1908 Costume de Mariée and Jupon”

  1. Barbara cole September 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM #

    Utterly gorgeous.

  2. Cri Watson March 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM #

    The time and detail you put into this lovely little dress is just amazing. What a lucky little Bleuette she is to have such a talented mommie…What a treasure for generations to enjoy…

  3. Sybilann Williams January 26, 2011 at 6:21 AM #

    Absolutely stunning and an inspiration to us all.

  4. Teresa Raines March 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM #

    The entire collection is just gorgeous! I am so inspired to locate the Millettes I built and dress them as beautifully as you have. Thank you for sharing.

  5. claire December 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM #

    amazing.i’m 13 and i sew doll clothes for my dolls and my little sister’s dolls. i also sell them at arts and crafts fairs and shows. i love your outfits, they are amazing!!!! i hope i will be able to sew stuff like that someday. great job. they’re gorgeous

  6. dolliesdressmaker December 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM #

    Claire, sewing for my dolls as a child is exactly how I started sewing!
    You must be doing a good job if you are selling your outfits at shows! That’s great! Keep practicing and you will most certainly be able to sew anything you want.

  7. L. Aleen October 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    The embroidery work on the wedding gown is so intricate. I joined the Hand Embroidery Yahoo Group to learn how to embroider. Though I can make a french knot and my straight stitching is very nice for button holes etc. small things. I cannot believe the consistency in the stitching on this wedding dress. It almost looks like a machine did it. Your work is just “exquisite”. I recently received a reproduction Bleuette and can only hope to come close to the lovely work I have seen here.

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