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Dinner at the Thornton's by olde-fashioned Dinner at the Thornton's by olde-fashioned
*gasp* Not a wallpaper?! lol. ;P

This is a sketch I did to try and visualize a gown of Margaret Hale's that she wears to the Thornton's dinner party in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South. The film changed the color of her gown from white to green, and eliminated her jewelry almost entirely, so I wanted to see what she might have looked like as envisioned by EG. :-)

Drawn in pencil with the description in mind :reading: :bookdiva: and colored in GIMP, I used a few fashion books as inspiration for the bodice, mostly for the shape of the neckline and the position of the (piped!) seams. The necklace I forgot to draw so I GIMP'd one on her, lol. I'm not sure if the skirt is too "Disney princess" or not, but at least it looks better than the other drawings I trashed.

Oh, and this is one of my few attempts at actually coloring something using the computer and not my colored I apologize for the lack of skill!! I also put a paper texture over this, too.

The quotes are from Chapter 20 of the book, but the smilies are mine because I simply could not resist. ;-)

"Margaret's black hair was too thick to be plaited; it needed rather to be twisted round and round, and have its fine silkiness compressed into massive coils, that encircled her head like acrown, and then were gathered into a large spiral knot behind. She kept its weight together by two large coral pins, like small arrows for length. Her white silk sleeves were looped up with strings of the same material, and on her neck, just below the base of her curved and milk-white throat, there lay heavy coral beads."

..."He [Mr. Thornton] shook hands with Margaret. :handshake: He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact. :innocent: He inquired after Mrs. Hale, :faint: and heard Mr. Hale's sanguine, hopeful account; :faq: and glancing at Margaret, to understand how far she agreed with her father, he saw that no dissenting shadow crossed her face. :flirty: And as he looked with this intention, he was struck anew with her great beauty. :shocked: He had never seen her in such dress before :drool: and yet now it appeared as if such elegance of attire was so befitting her noble figure and lofty serenity of countenance, that she ought to go always thus apparelled." :heart:
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sesebella Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooooo noce! I'm going to sew a dress so similar to your idea. I'll show you the photos..!
LouieLovell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I adore North and South, and even though I like the adaptation I did miss her white dress. I think you drew it perfectly.
Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Beautiful, beautiful rendition of Margaret's dress from the novel. I also love the quote and the emoticons, that cracked me up.
Doodle-Buggins Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
This is lovely and its how I imagine Margaret to look from the book! I was dissapointed that in the BBC adaptation Maragarets hair wasnt black, which is something that always stood our for me in North and South!
olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I didn't mind the hair color (it was dark enough to be "close"), so much as not getting the white dress with coral beads. ;P
MissSunflower Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
heheh I love reading that quote with the smilies, it really adds something, don't you think? ;) lol.
I love this picture, her dress in particular has such life, I'm saving it partly because of the folds! :D
olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
I had fun doing it! ;-)

Thank you! :D
photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008   Photographer
beautiful dress, again, I really like it. And the smilies you put to that excerpt from the book are beyond hilarious. :rofl:
olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Heheh, I had a blast doing that. ;P Smilies are so much fun! :D
photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008   Photographer
Hahaha, yes, that they are!
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