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Dana Repp
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« on: November 16, 2015, 03:47:04 PM »

I?m in the planning stage of making a ballgown for my 17 year old. She wants a flounced skirt with two flounces but what I see, in my limited research is 3-5 flounces being more common. I see more of the two flounces being on evening/wedding gowns. Are two tiers acceptable for a ballgown? If they are should they be spaced 2/3 length for the top tier and 1/3 for the bottom?

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I?m thinking I should make the top portion (10? or so) of the skirt out of silk then attach cotton for the rest of the length. I would then attach the flounces on a cord to the skirt.  I


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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2015, 05:38:23 PM »

You're looking for 1855-57 right?
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2015, 10:52:08 AM »

Yes, '55 - '57

And Liz - could you put this in the proper place...clearly it's not a brag or show off.   Grin  Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2015, 01:37:32 PM »

http://90.83.193.186/maciet2/map_zoom/prepare_visu.php?file=M5053MA_214X30X00002_L&collection_id=216&collection_name=M5053MA_214X30X

http://90.83.193.186/maciet2/map_zoom/prepare_visu.php?im_pos=24&collection_name=M5053MA_214X30X&collection_id=216

Not sure if you want to call that two tiers.... it's trimmed to look like it's got more...

http://90.83.193.186/maciet2/map_zoom/prepare_visu.php?im_pos=50&collection_name=M5053MA_214X30X&collection_id=216

http://90.83.193.186/maciet2/map_zoom/prepare_visu.php?im_pos=51&collection_name=M5053MA_214X29X&collection_id=215

This one looks like 3 tiers, but I think it's 2, with the top layer just folded voluminously.

http://90.83.193.186/maciet2/map_zoom/prepare_visu.php?file=M5053MA_214X31X00017_L&collection_id=217&collection_name=M5053MA_214X31X

The props here make me think ball gown, the sleeves make me think evening gown...  But anyway, some images for you to peruse.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2015, 01:49:35 PM »

Overall, I did see more plain or 3 or more tiers, but 2 tiered ballgowns do seem to be an option in this period.
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2015, 11:33:59 PM »

I can't wait to see how this turns out.  Have you picked the material yet?
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2015, 11:14:55 AM »

Thank you, Heidi! Those are some really nice inspirational gowns. I think I will go with her request for two tiers.

Elizabeth, I have had this orange shot silk in my stash for a few years now and it's just calling to be made up for Jess.  
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2015, 06:57:15 PM »

Academically, there is a difference between two-tiered dresses and three-or-more tiered dresses. Generally skirts that have more than two rows have flounces; that is, they are ruffled strips set onto a base skirt. Two tiers are usually made up as "double skirts," and become most popular at the end of the decade. They are made as literally a second, half-length skirt mounted on top of the first and sharing a waistband, although the underskirt can be pieced with lesser fabric where it's hidden.
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