The Beaux Stratagem: Lady Bountiful
The Beaux Stratagem
Completed November 2013
Items Made: Bodice, Stomacher, Skirt, and Apron
The Beaux Stratagem is a restoration comedy written in 1707. The character, Lady Bountiful, is sort of a sadistic, mad-doctor type. But also wealthy. Anyway, the designer wanted her to look like a big bruisey tumor. So lots of purple and green. To me, I think she's a little like any of Helena Bonham Carters recent characters.
The skirt is a crushed purple taffeta, and the bodice a purple/green stripe moire with green hued batik cotton trimming the sleeves. The stomacher is purple microsuede with green/gold brocade trim and rosettes made from the same fabric as the skirt. The apron is a two tone green strip cotton.
The coolest/most challenging part was drafting the bodice based on patterns from that era... which, when drafted, come out super tiny. I know people were smaller back then, but these patterns kept as they are wouldn't fit ANYONE today... so having to refigure that was tough. But in the end, I think I got it and this became one of my favorite costumes in the show.... and not just because I made it.