At long last I have finished the first dress for Jane Eyre.
Just to remind everyone what it is all about. My Jane Eyre project is based on my favourite TV version of this wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte – the 1983 mini-series with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. I am intending to make most outfits from this film for Jane and Mr Rochester, and some outfits of Blanche Ingram and Adele Varens. The outfits are from the early 1830s and I am going through a lot of historical research to achieve as historically authentic look as possible on a doll scale. Also, to this date I have sewn everything 100% by hand, without the use of a sewing machine (which wouldn’t be used until at least 1851).
If you wish to see the (long) process of creating items for this project, you can find them by following this link.
The principal characters of this project: Jane Eyre – Iplehouse nYID Emilia (58 cm tall), Edward Rochester – Iplehouse EID Arvid (70 cm tall), Blance Ingram – Cristy Stone Gracelyn (62 cm tall), Adele Varens – Iplehouse KID Lisa (35 cm tall).
So, the first dress, the most plain of Jane’s dresses. It is made of black wool and has a lace collar. The dress in the film.
I am hoping one day to be able to take my Jane and Rochester to the real Thornfield (that is, where the film was filmed – Deene Park), but for the moment Jane had to have a stroll in an imaginary Thornfield Hall grounds…
What is hiding underneath the dress? Well, everything a 19th century lady would have to wear: chemise, pantaloons, stockings, corset and two petticoats. I have shown those items in the process of making them, but here they are again. All of these items were 100% hand-stitched.
Jane is dressing…
Time to put the petticoats on.
Many more photographs are in the gallery below: