Construction wise, I think this is accurate. This one is made without the fold-over in front. This was sometimes done, as I noticed in some of the art I'd seen. However, the fabric, being this synthetic metallic knit that it is, qualifies this Doric as a fantasy version... ;)
I started working on this in the middle of August 2005, and took a few photos of the outer fabric just pinned together:
Here's one with JoJo on the fabric when he was Very Little. He loves this fabric... ;D
January 4, 2006.
I've picked it back up again. Now, I have a white silk underlayer chiton for more coverage. In the next few photos, it is still merely pinned on, but I have the folds I want to stitch down showing the "pleating" I want in there... I still want to play with this a bit before stitching them down, and they will only be tacked, so to speak.
So, once I get these folds to sit the way I want them to, I'll tack them down, and add clasps. Also still to do is hem the hemline. More photos to come!
On this, I have a few photos of the fabric and trim I plan to use to make an Ionic Chiton, along with a few Ionic Chiton fantasy sketches.
More is on the way! ;D
Front view pattern...
Back view pattern...
and related inspirations...
May 6, 2006:
I have long been intrigued by the Fortuny gowns created by Mariano Fortuny from 1905 through 1952. Recently, I read about Mokume Shibori, a type of tie-dying, and thought it is an interesting take-off from the idea of Fortuny pleats, and thought I would try the technique, and construct a dress similar to a Fortuny.
Below are photos of two Fortuny gowns. The blue gown is at the N.Y Metro Museum of Art, ant the coral gown is at the Hamburg Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe. Both photos link to the sites where I found them.
My first inspired version will be in blue. I am currently dying the fabric now. I will make the crescent shape drop in front and back, and have the little sleeves, so it will most resemble the first photo above.
Here are some photos of the fabric after going through Mokume Shibori dying, some with and some without flash.