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The Pelican Gown

Feb 22, 2013
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These are pics of my reproduction of the Pelican Gown, worn by Queen Elizabeth I, in a portrait painted by Nicholas Hilliard.  The original gown is red, but I chose to make mine black.  Other than that, it’s a pretty faithful reproduction.  The sleeves, partlet, and ruffs were lent to my by my best friend, Deb Fox.  She embroidered/made them.  I created the rest of the dress and underpinnings which include a chemise, corset, hip pad, petticoat, forepart, overskirt, and bodice.  Over 5000 glass pearls were sewn onto the dress. 

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  1. User avater travelchik August 4th

    This is awesome!! You did great!

  2. Spinnerlady April 23rd

    Thank you all...the dress took about 3 months/120 hours. I'm very proud of's my best work to date.

  3. user-2451848 April 13th

    I am blown away, so stunning and perfect. What an amazing project with true devotion to the craft of sewing..

  4. babyfoetus March 22nd

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING. how long did it take you to make????

  5. HappyGenny February 23rd

    I'm completely and utterly in awe! You deserve a medal, My Dear. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous, inspiring and astonishing creation!

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