And I really want to make it into a robe a la francaise, but I don't have enough. :(
The fabric I have is in the form of two skirts, two dresses, and two tops from a discontinued line of bridesmaid designs.
Theoretically there is enough yardage contained in all these garments to make the gown I want, but none of the pieces are long enough to form the shoulder-to-floor pleated back section that I desire. So the way I see it, I have three options.
Option A: Make the robe a la francaise anyway, and piece the back section.
|Robe à la Française, circa 1750–75|
Option B: Make a robe a l'anglaise instead.
|Woman’s Robe à l’Anglaise (Close-bodied Gown), circa 1785|
Option C: Compromise and make a pet-en-l'air.
|Pet-en-l’air, mid-18th century From Christie’s|
Help me, oh internet! Is there a fourth option I'm not seeing?
As has been pointed out to me in the comments, I do have an Option D: Make the robe a la francaise and wear it a la poloniase.
|Robe à la française, ca 1760-1775|