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Queen Ann Boleyn 1535

Front bodice

Five years of planning and acquiring bits have gone into this version of the Simplicity 2589 Ann Boleyn gown pattern. I started working on this gown as a Covid 19 ‘keep my sanity’ project and it has turned into a major work of art.  The front panels of unbleached linen are embroidered with flowers and limbs, and embellished with copper embroidery thread, red, burgundy, brown, and yellow seed beads. There are multiple different trim types including a red and green lace embellished with red and green seed beads and green sequins., gold gimp, multiple types of gold lace, ribbon, and leaves.  I have spent over 400 hours of sewing, both machine and hand stitching in this gown and was stunned when I put it all together and saw just how gorgeous it is.

See more images of this dress by clicking “Launch Gallery” below.


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