Pattern:  Draped by me based on period portaits from the 1520's and movie research

Fabric:  I chose a cotton sateen in a dark teal, which is called deep foam here.  The bodice is interfaced with cotton duck, and self lined. 
Trimmed with small mustard colored velvet on the bodice and larger, similar colored trim on the skirt (not yet pictured, still in progress).
I used small brass rings for lacing rings (the one's you can find at Joann's) at the side opening. 

Inspiration:  thanks to everaftercostumes.com & The Realm of Venus for the much inspiration and the images below.
Notes:  My motivation in getting this dress off the to do list and made was to have  something versitle and washable to wear.  Though the Ever After Work Dress is my inspiration, I also wanted to be able to change the sleeves out and wear it as a middle/upper class Italian gown. 

I picked a cotton so that it would be washable.  However, this dress will ever get  machine washed due to the trim and bodice construction though if needed, it can be spot cleaned and possibly, in an extreme case, handwashed.  I could have also chosen a linen, but liked the sheen of the sateen and since it was the correct color went with it.

I have wanted to make The Work Dress from Ever After for years.  I love this dress, even if it's the most simple and the least glamourous from the film.  I think the sleeves are what caught my attention, however the sleeves are not historically accurate for this style of Italian gown (the story takes place in France, and I'm not sure what people were wearing in France) and though that's completely okay (I think some of the gowns are a little early for the time period the film is in), it's worth mentioning. 



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