The design is a typical high-waisted split-front overgown designed to be worn over a dress. I've used an antique clasp for effect but placed two heavy dress hooks underneath to carry the strain. A hoopskirt is optional, but does help with the weight of the skirt. The pattern was an adaptation of a Medival Miscellany pattern.
The sleeves are tie-on, open top black and gold velvet trimmed with gold lace and black/gold rose buttons. The shoulder rolls are built from four separate trims sewn together.
I have draped a black and gold gauzy shawl across the back to add a bit more drama.
|Shoulder Roll and Sleeve Detail|