On My Inspiration Board: Plum Gowns

The color purple is often hailed as the tone that inspires imagination and spirituality.  It is the color of royalty dating back to the Ancient Romans, and has long been the hue of choice for women throughout the past three centuries.

That deep, rich tone of purple, often referred to as plum, is the highlight of the Autumn season and speaks of opulence, elegance, and grace.

My favorite purple gown can be seen in this painting of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna by Konstantin Makovsky done in 1912.

 Absolutely stunning!


While very few gowns in this lovely tone still exist from before the 1800’s, numerous examples abound from the late 19th century and well into the 20th.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Plum Gowns

I hope you try to find ways to incorporate this flattering tone throughout your sewing, your wardrobe, and your home!


For more examples, please hop over to my Pinterest Page!


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