The Realm of Venus
Dame Karis Pursey
The main inspiration for this particular gown came from all the wonderful information gained from this site, and the desire to try something new. I agree with the other ladies in saying that this is one of the most “girlish” gowns I have worn. Although I didn’t spend much time researching this particular gown, I look forward to learning more about this time period and this style of clothing and have already found the perfect fabric for my next project.
My inspiration for this gown came from a phone call I received from my best friend Dame Fearga. She thought it would be a lot of fun to try something we hadn’t done yet for our upcoming Twelfth Night celebration and we had both been drooling over all the wonderful gowns that had been showcased on Bella’s wonderful site so we did it, and this is the result.
Part of the fun of making this gown was the challenge to spend as little money to make it as possible so I started by searching through my personal fabric supplies, then headed off to our local thrift shop which has a wonderful craft & fabric section. I spent a grand total of $30 on this project for the fabric and buttons that I did not have in my own supply. I think I succeeded in my own challenge!
I searched my jewelry and found what I feel are the perfect accent pieces, many of which I had received as gifts and not worn until now. The accessories include a pair of gold ball earrings similar to several examples I have seen in Venetian paintings, small pearl necklace with an emerald pendant, pinkish glass broach with my pelican medallion, and a girdle. The girdle was made by my student from an old girdle that I already had and include glass pearls, green simulated tigers eye beads, gold accent beads, garnets and a lovely teardrop shaped pearl at the end.
I fell in love with both the colour and pattern on the fabric of this gown as soon as I laid eyes on it. Of course it also helps that both the camicia and sleeves are adorned with gorgeous gold lace - delish! Aesthetics aside, I think Karis has done a wonderful job of putting this together - and on such a small budget too. The gown fits beautifully, as well as looking terrific, and the jewellery adds the perfect touch of opulence. Brava Karis!
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