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The Dressmaker's Apprentice by suburbanbeatnik The Dressmaker's Apprentice by suburbanbeatnik
:iconseitou: has been encouraging me to upload more pictures to my account, so here's a sketch I did recently. The girl depicted is the heroine of the project mentioned here- [link] - a story involving the dashing yet immature Prince Frederick, and his powerful and dangerous family.

It's 1730, and the young lady- a dressmaker's apprentice- is dressed for a ball in a mantua of cream satin, over the dome-shaped hoop of the period. Her gown features pagoda sleeves and an embroidered stomacher, and although her hair is unpowdered, she wears her hair in the French tête-de-mouton style. Early rococo fashions were actually quite pretty, even though you don't see them as often.
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caitlinintheclouds Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wooow i want to leave a more articulate comment but i can't this is overwhelmingly wooow
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Gothic-Romantic99 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This design is gorgeous. I love the details you put into the dress and the fan. Wonderful work.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Gothic-Romantic99 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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MissyLynne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you drew her dress is wonderful.
Sometimes I wish I lived in the past so I could wear those gorgeous gowns.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm especially fond of early 18th century gowns. And stays were usually quite flattering (and surprisingly comfortable, I hear)!
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Very lovely drawing, as always! I simply love the way you draw hair and dresses. It all seems so alive and fresh - like you would be able to streach out your hands and touch the fabric of her dress or to run your fingers through her lovely curls.

The story sounds very interesting too. I would love to hear more about it someday!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You always describe things so beautifully- I hope your own writing is coming along well!

You will hear more about the story, soon. Me and my collaborator are working on it right now. :D
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Thank you! My writing is going okay. I tend to write a little in between my exams. I still have four exams, so work is still a little stressed at the moment.

I look forward to hear more about the story.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I hope everything continues to go well! I will probably post more about the Dressmaker's Apprentice story over the next few months. Thanks again for the Paintbox notes- I'm hoping I'll have time to get back to you over the holidays when I have a bit of free time!
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I will look forward to that.

I am glad that you like the way I write my notes concerning "Paintbox". I really love your story, and I always try to make an effort to make my notes as good as possible.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your notes are awesome, and at some point I need to get back to writing "Paintbox". Ah, I feel guilty for not being able to work on it in months... I've just had so much else to do. :P
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Lovely drawing -- as always. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
She's wonderful! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The whole piece is beautiful, but I especially like her face. It's very lovely and interesting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm quite pleased with how this character sketch turned out. :)
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Jibril-Cosplay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
She and her dress looks beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Very lovely, you did a fantastic job on the hair and dress. :aww:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Lovely! They really do need to set a movie in the 1720s-40s, I don't think there is one movie which has been made in that period.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the BBC miniseries "Clarissa" was set in the 1740s, and the costuming was actually pretty good. (The men's clothes especially are great. You can see a few pics here- [link] ) You can get it on Netflix- I definitely recommend it.

Unfortunately, all the other movies I've seen set in the early 1700s have been pretty awful. I would just love to see something as lavish as "The Duchess," but set 40-50 years earlier!
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Hm, I will have to find that one!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely- it's a great show! I'd love to hear what you think of it.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well, having now seen Clarissa, I can safely say that the costuming is sub-par. Almost all of Clarissa's gowns LACE UP THE BACK. *groans* And the only really good gowns were the re-used ones from Dangerous Liaisons, which are inaccurate for the decade the mini-series is set in because DL was costumed in the 1760's-70's (fitted waist seams on the saques). It was entertaining though, and I'm tempted to read the novel now.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? I thought some of the gowns were decent- I liked the ones worn by her friend Anna. I especially liked the clothes worn by Sean Bean's character. Where did you read that they used gowns from Dangerous Liaisons? (DL was set in the '60s, by the way, prolly the earlier part of the decade.)
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
[link]

These are the ones I noticed. Anna's dresses were nice but they also laced up the back. As for Sean Bean, I really couldn't say as I was focusing too much on the women's! I will have to watch again to see if he's wearing the big cuffs and coats.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting link, thanks!

Seitou and I had a big discussion about whether any gowns back then laced up the back, and I combed through my Ribeiro books and found that actually some did. Most of them are from fairly early in the 1700s, although I did find one example worn by a woman from as late as the '40s. Back-lacing tended to be for girls' fashion, though... I tried to overlook the back lacing thing though (there were a few back laced gowns in Barry Lyndon too), and look at the fabrics, accessories and the shape of the hoops. I especially liked all the pinners... I thought it was weird the women didn't wear shifts under their stays. Maybe they thought that was sexier, although I just kept thinking how uncomfortable that would be.

Using robe a la francaise gowns from DL doesn't bug me so much, because Clarissa seems to be set in the late 1740s, and it was the '40s when you first saw that style (although the bodices weren't quite as fitted, the patterns were louder, and the back pleats were larger). Whenever I see movies set in the '20s and '30s, and the women are wearing nothing but later-style francaises (i.e. "Hogarth" and "Farinelli") I feel like I'm about to explode. Why can't there be any mantuas? Any robe volantes? Any round hoops? ARGH!

Yeah, the men's clothes were pretty good. Bean wears huge bootcuffs on his coat and long waistcoats. I could quibble about the two side curls not appearing until the 1750s but eh... whatever. [link] [link]

As problematic as Clarissa can be, it's one of the best early 18th century costumers I've seen... because everything I've seen has been really, really bad. Don't see Hogarth or Farinelli- the costumes are pretty dire.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
this promises to be a nice project indeed :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Lexxiington Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
I love it, do more 18th century stuffs.
They turn out brilliant!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! And you're in luck, you'll definitely be seeing more rococo stuff in my gallery soon!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional
I love the linework on this. much energy!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. :XD:
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WisdomsPearl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008   General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful. Could I color it in Photoshop? :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If you could, that would be awesome! I love the coloring work you've done. :)
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WisdomsPearl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008   General Artist
awesomeness *does a little dance* THANK YOU :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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WisdomsPearl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008   General Artist
[link] That was fun! :D
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! I'm so glad you posted this! And I can see that you changed her hair a bit. It looks a lot more '30s now :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the change helps a lot, I think. But the more I look at her hoop, it looks more 1735-1737 than 1729-1730. Ah well, next time!
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CSupernova Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
it looks really great! like the clothes and the shading on the face a lot.
yay, more stuff!! :]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, glad you like! :)
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CSupernova Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
you are very talented. :]
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BRESSEND Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
So nice!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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